I came across the Kannada saying "Benkiyalli aralida hoovu", meaning someone faced lot of difficulties in life. Is there an equivalent idiom/phrase in English?
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A very common and easily understood expression you can use is: hard knock life.
To have a life that is difficult, where the elements of the world seem to be against you all the time.
For example, life on the streets, the life of a hustler or a dealer.