learn the hard way

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