no pain, no gain

Definition of no pain, no gain

informal

  1. —used to say that it is necessary to suffer or work hard in order to succeed or make progress

Word by Word Definitions

painplay
  1. :  punishment

    :  usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (such as a disease or an injury)

    :  a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus, received by naked nerve endings, characterized by physical discomfort (such as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leading to evasive action

  1. :  to make suffer or cause distress to :  hurt

    :  to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion

    :  suffer

gainplay
  1. :  resources or advantage acquired or increased :  profit

    :  the act or process of acquiring something

    :  an increase in amount, magnitude, or degree

  1. :  to acquire or get possession of usually by industry, merit, or craft

    :  to win in competition or conflict

    :  to arrive at :  reach, attain


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