Churchill's "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" speech (1940) 31 words

"On May 10, 1940, Winston Churchill became Prime Minister. When he met his Cabinet on May 13 he told them that 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.'" (access the full speech here)
  1. commission
    the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
    Mister Speaker, on Friday evening last I received His Majesty's commission to form a new Administration.
  2. administration
    the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
    Mister Speaker, on Friday evening last I received His Majesty's commission to form a new Administration.
  3. evident
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    It was the evident wish and will of Parliament and the nation that this should be conceived on the broadest possible basis and that it should include all parties, both those who supported the late Government and also the parties of the Opposition.
  4. parliament
    a legislative assembly in certain countries
    The appointment of the other Ministers usually takes a little longer, but I trust that when Parliament meets again, this part of my task will be completed, and that the administration will be complete in all respects.
  5. conceive
    have the idea for
    It was the evident wish and will of Parliament and the nation that this should be conceived on the broadest possible basis and that it should include all parties, both those who supported the late Government and also the parties of the Opposition.
  6. opposition
    the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
    It was the evident wish and will of Parliament and the nation that this should be conceived on the broadest possible basis and that it should include all parties, both those who supported the late Government and also the parties of the Opposition.
  7. unity
    an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    A War Cabinet has been formed of five Members, representing, with the Liberal Opposition, the unity of the nation.
  8. executive
    a person responsible for the administration of a business
    The three party Leaders have agreed to serve, either in the War Cabinet or in high executive office.
  9. urgency
    the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity
    It was necessary that this should be done in one single day, on account of the extreme urgency and rigor of events.
  10. rigor
    something hard to endure
    It was necessary that this should be done in one single day, on account of the extreme urgency and rigor of events.
  11. summon
    gather or bring together
    Sir, I considered it in the public interest to suggest that the House should be summoned to meet today.
  12. confer
    present
    Mr. Speaker agreed, and took the necessary steps, in accordance with the powers conferred upon him by the Resolution of the House.
  13. scale
    an ordered reference standard
    Sir, to form an Administration of this scale and complexity is a serious undertaking in itself, but it must be remembered that we are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history, that we are in action at many points in Norway and in Holland, that we have to be prepared in the Mediterranean, that the air battle is continuous and that many preparations have to be made here at home.
  14. complexity
    the quality of being intricate and compounded
    Sir, to form an Administration of this scale and complexity is a serious undertaking in itself, but it must be remembered that we are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history, that we are in action at many points in Norway and in Holland, that we have to be prepared in the Mediterranean, that the air battle is continuous and that many preparations have to be made here at home.
  15. undertaking
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    Sir, to form an Administration of this scale and complexity is a serious undertaking in itself, but it must be remembered that we are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history, that we are in action at many points in Norway and in Holland, that we have to be prepared in the Mediterranean, that the air battle is continuous and that many preparations have to be made here at home.
  16. preliminary
    denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding
    Sir, to form an Administration of this scale and complexity is a serious undertaking in itself, but it must be remembered that we are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history, that we are in action at many points in Norway and in Holland, that we have to be prepared in the Mediterranean, that the air battle is continuous and that many preparations have to be made here at home.
  17. crisis
    a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something
    In this crisis I hope I may be pardoned if I do not address the House at any length today.
  18. pardon
    accept an excuse for
    In this crisis I hope I may be pardoned if I do not address the House at any length today.
  19. address
    give a speech to
    In this crisis I hope I may be pardoned if I do not address the House at any length today.
  20. colleague
    an associate that one works with
    I hope that any of my friends and colleagues, or former colleagues, who are affected by the political reconstruction, will make all allowances for any lack of ceremony with which it has been necessary to act.
  21. reconstruction
    the activity of constructing something again
    I hope that any of my friends and colleagues, or former colleagues, who are affected by the political reconstruction, will make all allowances for any lack of ceremony with which it has been necessary to act.
  22. toil
    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
    I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined the government: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
  23. ordeal
    a severe or trying experience
    We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind.
  24. grievous
    shockingly brutal or cruel
    We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind.
  25. monstrous
    shockingly brutal or cruel
    I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.
  26. tyranny
    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
    I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.
  27. surpass
    be or do something to a greater degree
    I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.
  28. lamentable
    bad; unfortunate
    I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.
  29. catalogue
    a complete list of things; usually arranged systematically
    I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.
  30. buoyancy
    irrepressible liveliness and good spirit
    But I take up my task with buoyancy and hope.
  31. entitled
    qualified for by right according to law
    At this time I feel entitled to claim the aid of all, and I say, "Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength."