No pain, no gain

Idiom

No pain, no gain

Definition

This idiom means that one has to work hard and go through difficult times in order to achieve success.

Examples

If you want to get good grades, you have to work hard – no pain, no gain!

He knew that if he wanted to get ahead, he had to put in the hard work – no pain, no gain!

Origin

This idiom is believed to have originated in the late 1700s, and is a spin-off of the Latin phrase ‘nihil sine labore’ which means nothing without work.

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