Definition of “the hard way” - English Dictionary


“the hard way” in English

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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 unpleasant experiences rather 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)