English Idiom of the Day – No Pain, No Gain

No Pain, No Gain

To achieve something requires some sort of hard effort or sacrifice; suffering is needed to make progress.

Example Usage:  I spent one hour exercising today but, no pain no gain! 

Did you know…?  The phrase ‘no pain, no gain’ originated in the fitness / bodybuilding community. It suggests that people who avoid pain (such as sore muscles) will not succeed in their goal of building big muscles.  The phrase is now used in all kinds of situations where effort is needed in order to achieve something.


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