HyperDic: hard_knocks

English > 1 sense of the expression hard knocks:
NOUNstatehard knocks, adversity, hardshipa state of misfortune or affliction
English > hard knocks: 1 sense > noun 1, state
MeaningA state of misfortune or affliction.
Synonymsadversity, hardship
NarrowerafflictionA state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
catastrophe, disasterA state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
distressA state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
extremityAn extreme / extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
ill-beinglack of prosperity or happiness or health
nadir, low-water markAn extreme / extreme state of adversity
victimizationadversity resulting from being made a victim
Broadermisfortune, bad luck, tough luck, ill luckAn unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

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