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hard knocks

noun as in adverse circumstances


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Parents sometimes have an attitude of, “I was brought up in the school of hard knocks, no one babied me.”

People view it as a career of … some hard knocks,” he said in his retirement conference, “But I got to play.

Parole femmine, fatti maschi, and the logic of events isn't altogether words; it's full of hard knocks, too.

We may expect the minor moralities to suffer while the major moralities are being determined by hard knocks.

Molire, like most successful men, had a good many enemies, and was accustomed to give and receive very hard knocks.

Best of all, the Prince loved her, and she had no more hard knocks and cross words.

He comprehends what difficulties mean, having had his own hard knocks.

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On this page you'll find 15 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to hard knocks, such as: adversity, difficulties, hardship, rough going, stress, and troubles.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.