To learn something (usually a life lesson) the hard way. (Some say the best way to really learn is to learn from your mistakes.)
She was street wise... having learned many a lesson about life at the school of hard knocks.
by PlaceHolder June 16, 2004

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Learning a lesson the hardway.
IE: you get your girlfriend pregnant and you did not use protection.

School of hard knocks says: Use protection because now you have another mouth to feed.
by lilshawn June 14, 2004

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The place where you learn that sometimes you "get beat upside the head just for livin'" Where your grandfather went to school. Can refer to old school.
"Gee mister, where'd you learn to fight like that?" "School of hard knocks, kid."
by tonk June 16, 2004

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Obviously where you are classically trained in rock!!!According to our masters, Tenacious D (Rock your Socks):
"That is Bach and it rocks
It's a rock block of Bach
That he learned in the school
Called the school of hard knocks!"
by Zeromus June 07, 2005

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Nickname for Queens Borough, NYC.
"I'm from Queens, kid... the school of hard knocks."
by KHova January 03, 2006

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An institution where drs go to learn how to do breast implanrs.
"Are you qualified to do breast implants?"

"Certainly, I learned at the School of Hard Knocks."
by REAL AMERICAN June 07, 2005

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not half as funny as the prequel "school of hard knockers" starring michael cain as the college jock.
the dean : JOCKSON!
cain: your only supposed to blow the bloody dorrs off,man.
by scott van winkle June 18, 2004

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