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

a way of doing something that makes it more ​difficult than it ​needs to be: She always does things the hard way. C2 If you ​learn something the hard way, you ​learn from ​unpleasantexperiencesrather than by being ​taught: If she won't ​listen, she'll have to learn/​find out the hard way.
(Definition of the hard way from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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