blood, sweat, and tears


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blood, sweat, and tears

Fig. the signs of great personal effort. There will be much blood, sweat, and tears before we have completed this project. After years of blood, sweat, and tears, Timmy finally earned a college degree.
See also: and, tear
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Acid Psalms dispenses with the blood, sweat, and tears, concentrating instead on how groovy it was to be a flower child.
After nearly two millennia of venerating saints, holding on to snippets of their hair or pieces of their clothing, the Catholic imagination has developed a special sensitivity to the tug of sacred objects, particularly those objects made holy by the blood, sweat, and tears of those we've held dear.