go through the mill

go through the mill (to experience a very difficult or unpleasant period in one's life: to experience the suffering necessary to bring one to a certain degree of knowledge or skill, or to a certain mental state) — много испытать в жизни, пройти суровую школу; бывать в переделках, в передрягах; ≈ пройти огонь, воду и медные трубы

Example 1: She really went through the mill with that son of hers. (CIDI)

Example 2: ...

see also