learn the hard way

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learns the hard way (third-person singular simple present learns the hard way, present participle learned the hard way, simple past and past participle learning the hard way)

  1. To learn by experiencing the consequences of making mistakes.
    Anyone who tries to cycle will learn the hard way that grazes are painful.

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