hard knocks

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hard knocks a state of misfortune or affliction "debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity","a life of hardship"
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Quotations

  • Menander of Athens
    Menander of Athens
    “The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum.”

Usage

In literature:

You'll get all the hard knocks you're looking for there.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
He'd hardly gone when there was a knocking against the window.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
With this he knocked against the hard smooth wall.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
But the hard work of the past two days has knocked out a few more men.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
We get very hard knocks back, and they hurt.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
If they are hard to get we use knock-out drops.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
But there were too many circumstances in the way, too many hard knocks of fate.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
Hardly had the door closed when a knock came.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants" by H. Irving Hancock
They did so; but when the "dowager" opened the door at their knock, they hardly knew her.
"An Arrow in a Sunbeam" by Various
These, by long friction and hard knocking, produced a few sparks, which at length communicated to some touch-wood.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge
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In poetry:

"The iron gate is bolted hard,
At which I knock in vain;
The owner's heart is closer barr'd,
Who hears me thus complain.
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
Thy countenance, so sternly set,
Did seem to say how vain to knock
At thy heart's door, for all within
Was hard, as adamantine rock.
"Happiness" by Thomas Frederick Young
No,—that door is hard to open;
Hinges rusty, latch is broken;
Bid Him go.
Wherefore, with that knocking dreary
Scare the sleep from one so weary?
Say Him,—no.
""Knocking"" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Wind blew hard, and the Moon grew slim.
"With my sledge
And my wedge
I have knocked off her edge!
I will blow," said the Wind, "right fierce and grim,
And the creature will soon be slimmer than slim!"
"The Wind And The Moon" by George MacDonald
Knocking around with a vagabond crew,
Does for himself what a mother would do;
Maybe in trouble and maybe hard-up,
Maybe in want of a bite or a sup;
Dead of the fever, or lost in the drought,
Lonely old mother! he’s knocking about.
"'Knocking Around'" by Henry Lawson
"But a churl comes adrip from the rivers, pants me out, fallen
spent on the floor,
'O King Raedwald, Northumberland marches, and to-morrow knocks
hard at thy door,
Hot for melting thy crown on the hearth!'
Then commend me to Woden and Thor!
"King Raedwald" by Helen Gray Cone

In news:

NEW YORK — The Miami Dolphins will appear on " Hard Knocks " this summer.
Miami Dolphins to be featured on HBO's ' Hard Knocks ' after the rest of the NFL declines.
Kudos to Dolphins for doing ' Hard Knocks '.
After several teams declined, HBO finally found a club willing to open its doors to the annual " Hard Knocks " television show.
The Miami Dolphins will appear on " Hard Knocks " this summer.
AFC East blogger James Walker talks about the Dolphins' decision to star on HBO's " Hard Knocks .".
NFL fans finally know which team will be the focus on this season of the HBO reality sports documentary series, " Hard Knocks ".
Dolphins chosen to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks .
HBO plans on naming a team for this season's " Hard Knocks " in the next week.
Mike Shanahan says no Redskins Hard Knocks .
Jets turn down ' Hard Knocks ' sequel.
A person familiar with the decision says the New York Jets have decided to not participate in HBO's " Hard Knocks " this summer after being approached by HBO about appearing in the hit show again.
Jets won't return to ' Hard Knocks '.
NEW YORK — There will be no summer sequel for the Jets on " Hard Knocks " this season.
There will be no summer sequel for the Jets on " Hard Knocks " this season.
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In science:

B = Q2/(2mp ν ), is fixed at xB = 1, the electron knocks out a proton in the hard scattering on a bound proton, only if the latter was at rest.
High $Q^2$ Probe of Nuclear Spectral Function and Color Transparency
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