A cliché used by some people to suggest that the only knowledge of any value comes from direct experience. This emphasizes the view that theory is of little value compared with practical skills learned by doing the job. Someone who shares this view might therefore use a phrase like the following: ‘I learned all I know from the School of Hard-Knocks in the University of Life’. It tends to be used to insult or put-down anyone with a degree—especially those who act as though they are superior to others because of their degree.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.