We’ve been through the road of hard knocks

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
How the Eagles’ Lane Johnson draws on his mother’s strength: ‘We’ve been through the road of hard knocks’

This is a rare, triple malaphor, mashing up “through the wringer” (been through a series of difficult or unpleasant experiences), “rocky road” (difficult journey), and “school of hard knocks” (real and practical experiences of life, usually unpleasant). Almost a triple congruent conflation as all the idioms refer to unpleasant or difficult times. Certainly this describes the Johnson family. A big thank you to Linda Bernstein for spotting this timely one (Super Bowl this weekend) and sending it in!


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