EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HARD KNOCKS

The minstrel, like the fighters, revels in hard knocks and rough jests.

That is where the ball is, and there are the keen players to be met, and the glory and the hard knocks to be got.

Of course there would be some hard knocks, but he expected that, for he was going to rough it!

We went through the same school of hard knocks together—all of us.

Soldiers deal in hard knocks, and they must expect to get some back in return.

Circumstance has received some hard knocks from men and women of this type.

You have yet, by dint of hard knocks and buffets, to learn the world.

His late opponent was yet a little dazed by the hard knocks he had received.

He had had some hard knocks and had seen plenty of rough playing.

I had some hard knocks, as regards storms and other misadventures in various places.

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