learn something the hard way Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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learn something the hard way

to ​discover what you need to ​know through ​experience or by making ​mistakes: He doesn’t ​want to take my ​advice, so I ​guess he'll have to learn the hard way.
(Definition of learn something the hard way from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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