learn one s lesson Idiom, Proverb
(India) An abject lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'object lesson' is used.)
learn one's lessonlearn one's lesson
Profit from experience, especially an unhappy one. For example, From now on she'd read the instructions first; she'd learned her lesson.
Also see hard way, the
see learn one's lesson
; teach a lesson
An object lesson serves as a warning to others. (In some varieties of English 'abject lesson' is used.)
teach a lessonteach a lesson
Punish in order to prevent a recurrence of bad behavior. For example, Timmy set the wastebasket on fire; that should teach him a lesson about playing with matches.
This term uses lesson
in the sense of “a punishment or rebuke,” a usage dating from the late 1500s. Also see learn one's lesson
teach a lesson|lesson|teachv. phr.
To show that bad behavior can be harmful. When Johnny pulled Mary's hair, she taught him a lesson by breaking his toy boat. The burns Tommy got from playing with matches taught him a lesson.
teach sb a lesson
Idiom(s): teach sb a lesson
to get even with someone for bad behavior.
• John tripped me, so I punched him. That ought to teach him a lesson.
• That taught me a lesson. I won't do it again.