blood, sweat, and tears

blood, sweat, and tears

Meaning

  • putting a lot of effort to get a task done.
  • great suffering or effort that is put into a task or project.
  • to extremely work hard to meet a set expectation.
  • to give the greatest possible effort.
  • the highest form of dedication towards a goal.
  • a lot of hard work and suffering

Example sentences

  1. He has put in nothing but blood, sweat, and tears into this company.
  2. From here henceforth, it’s going to be all blood, sweat, and tears.
  3. They had given their blood, sweat, and tears in order to get their business running up to standard.
  4. He told the recruiters that they had to put in their blood, sweat, and tears if they wanted to be retained afterwards.
  5. My father once told me that real fortunes are made from blood, sweat, and tears.
  6. The Declaration of Independence in America was the result of over a hundred years of blood, sweat, and tears.

Origin

Blood, sweat, and tears” is a popular idiom and represents the idea of doing hard and painful work before it succeeds. Or more generally, it’s the concept of suffering to meet a high set goal. It is said to have been coined from the famous speech of Sir Winston Churchill in 1940.

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat

However, many experts believe that the phrase predates Churchill’s period. Various Bible translations depict Jesus as “bathed in his own blood, sweat, and tears” or praying with sweat and bloodstream running down his face.

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I found this phrase in The Iliad, Book 11 line 638, translated by Stanley Lombardo.: “Achilles was standing on the stern of his ship/Gazing out at the blood, sweat and tears/of the Greeks in rout.” (p. 216). Don’t know how it relates to the original Greek.

- Barbara Thaden March 3, 2019

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