the hard way


: 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.

Examples of the hard way in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Someone who also learned the hard way the price of dumping on a swan. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 5 July 2024 Damage from plummeting space debris is rare but not unheard of, as one Florida resident learned the hard way earlier this year, when a nearly two-pound hunk of metal crashed through his roof. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 27 June 2024 Zelle, Wells Fargo decline to reimburse Jones for the scam Jones learned that the hard way. Quinn Clark, Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2024 Many of us learned the hard way that 5-gallon pots are just too small for a mature tomato plant. Neil Sperry, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 14 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for the hard way 

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“The hard way.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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