no pain, no gain

Definition of no pain, no gain

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

Word by Word Definitions

pain play
  1. : punishment

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

  3. : acute mental or emotional distress or suffering : grief

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

  2. : to put (oneself) to trouble or exertion

  3. : suffer

gain play
  1. : resources or advantage acquired or increased : profit

  2. : the act or process of acquiring something

  3. : an increase in amount, magnitude, or degree

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

  2. : to win in competition or conflict

  3. : to arrive at : reach, attain


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