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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Informal The practical experiences of life, including hardships and disappointments: "He hadn't grown up in the school of hard knocks. Politically he had lived an easy life” ( Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.)

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  • n. a state of misfortune or affliction

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