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Definition 1: a state of misfortune or affliction - [noun denoting state]

Samples where hard knocks or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity
  • a life of hardship

Synonyms for hard knocks in the sense of this definition

(hard knocks is a kind of ...) an unfortunate state resulting from unfavorable outcomes

(... is a kind of hard knocks ) lack of prosperity or happiness or health

(... is a kind of hard knocks ) a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune

"lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe for our school system" "his policies were a disaster"

(... is a kind of hard knocks ) an extreme condition or state (especially of adversity or disease)

(... is a kind of hard knocks ) a state of adversity (danger or affliction or need)

"a ship in distress" "she was the classic maiden in distress"

(... is a kind of hard knocks ) a state of great suffering and distress due to adversity

(... is a kind of hard knocks ) adversity resulting from being made a victim

"his victimization infuriated him"

(... is a kind of hard knocks ) an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything

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