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have been around the block (a couple of/a few times) - definition and synonyms

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phrase informal
  1. to have a lot of experience of something, especially when this means that it is difficult to trick or surprise you

    When you’ve been around the block as many times as I have, not much shocks you any more.

This is the British English definition of have been around the block (a couple of/a few times). View American English definition of have been around the block (a couple of/a few times).

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