hard knocks

Definitions of hard knocks
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n a state of misfortune or affliction

Synonyms:
adversity, hardship
Types:
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ill-being
lack of prosperity or happiness or health
catastrophe, disaster
a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
extremity
an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)
distress
a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)
affliction
a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity
victimization
adversity resulting from being made a victim
low-water mark, nadir
an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
miserableness, misery, wretchedness
a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
anguish
extreme distress of body or mind
bitter end
the final extremity (however unpleasant it may be)
pressure
an oppressive condition of physical or mental or social or economic distress
throe
hard or painful trouble or struggle
cross, crown of thorns
any affliction that causes great suffering
Type of:
bad luck, ill luck, misfortune, tough luck
an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

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