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Blood Sweat and Tears

 xuè hàn
Blood Sweat and Tears Scroll

血汗 is a short Chinese and Japanese word that literally means “blood and sweat” but can be used to mean “blood, sweat, and tears.”

The first character means blood, and the second is sweat (but tears can be a category of salty water excreted by the body).

Blood Sweat and Tears

 xiě hàn lèi
Blood Sweat and Tears Scroll

血汗淚 means “Blood, Sweat (and) Tears” in Chinese.

The More We Sweat in Training, The Less We Bleed in Battle

 píng shí duō liú hàn zhàn shí shǎo liú xuè
The More We Sweat in Training, The Less We Bleed in Battle Scroll

There is more than one way to translate the ancient Chinese military proverb, 平时多流汗战时少流血. Here are a few interpretations:

A drop of sweat spent in a drill is a drop of blood saved in war.

More practice will give one a better chance of success in real situations.

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.

I heard this many times when I was a U.S. Marine but I had no idea at the time that it was actually an old Chinese proverb.

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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xuè hàn
    xue4 han4
hsüeh han

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Blood Sweat and Tears
blood and sweat; sweat and toil
blood, sweat and tears; sweat of blood



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kǔ liàn
    ku3 lian4
k`u lien
    ku lien
to train hard; to practice diligently; hard work; blood, sweat, and tears


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(exp,n) blood, sweat and tears; sweat of blood



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ǒu xīn lì xuè
    ou3 xin1 li4 xue4
ou hsin li hsüeh
lit. to spit out one's heart and spill blood (idiom); to work one's heart out; blood, sweat and tears


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mín zhī mín gāo
    min2 zhi1 min2 gao1
min chih min kao
lit. the fat and wealth of the people (idiom); the nation's hard-won wealth (esp. as an object of unscrupulous exploitation); the people's blood, sweat and tears


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 chitoasenokesshou / chitoasenokessho
(expression) result of one's blood, sweat, and tears; fruits of one's labour

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Blood Sweat and Tears血汗kekkan / kekanxuè hàn / xue4 han4 / xue han / xuehanhsüeh han / hsüehhan
Blood Sweat and Tears血汗淚
xiě hàn lèi
xie3 han4 lei4
xie han lei
hsieh han lei
The More We Sweat in Training, The Less We Bleed in Battle平時多流汗戰時少流血
píng shí duō liú hàn zhàn shí shǎo liú xuè
ping2 shi2 duo1 liu2 han4
zhan4 shi2 shao3 liu2 xue4
ping shi duo liu han
zhan shi shao liu xue
p`ing shih to liu shih shao liu hsüeh
ping shih to liu shih shao liu hsüeh
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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