the hard way

noun

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: in a way that involves difficult or painful experiences He found out the hard way that crime doesn't pay. She insisted on doing things the hard way.

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“The hard way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20hard%20way. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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