Definition of Hard knocks
1. Noun. A state of misfortune or affliction. "A life of hardship"
Specialized synonyms: Ill-being, Catastrophe, Disaster, Extremity, Distress, Affliction, Victimization, Low-water Mark, Nadir
Generic synonyms: Bad Luck, Ill Luck, Misfortune, Tough Luck
Derivative terms: Adverse
Lexicographical Neighbors of Hard Knocks
Literary usage of Hard knocks
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Edward Aloysius Pace, Charles George Herbermann (1922)
"Life for most of are many, but they can all be brought under one culties, setbacks, disappointments, hard knocks, and supervision, ethical and religious ..."
2. The Garter Mission to Japan (1906)
"... a fierce engagement in which hard knocks were given and taken, followed by single combats between specially-skilled swordsmen—a most exciting exhibition ..."
3. New Collection Methods: A Systematic Treatment of the Place of Collections by Edward Hall Gardner (1918)
"... hard knocks Somewhere in the Middle West there is a retail merchant who prizes highly a letter written him by his largest creditor, at the end of a ..."
4. An inquiry into the causes of the present distress: with an attempt to by William Reid (1833)
"... several hard knocks ; and even her most ardent admirers must admit, that in struggling with the difficulties of her younger years she is something the ..."
5. Pugilistica: The History of British Boxing Containing Lives of the Most by Henry Downes Miles (1906)
"... he could not resist the possession to enjoy the satisfaction of know- influence of hard knocks ; and the body and ing that he might have been worse ..."