blood, sweat and tears

blood, sweat and tears
Meaning: a lot of effort and suffering.
Example: Our national freedom is the result of over hundred years' of blood, sweat and tears.

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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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