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1A sauna or steam bath.‘our great-grandfather and his brothers went to the shvitz together’
- ‘The kid looked like someone your zaide chatted with every week at the shvitz up on 10th Street.’
- ‘The hot to cold is traditional in the shvitz, and it actually increases circulation and gives an overall sense of well-being.’
- ‘If you can handle the process of dunking yourself in a tank of ice-cold water upon exiting the schvitz, consider yourself thoroughly cleansed and rejuvenated.’
- ‘The ceremonial sweat lodge, for instance, had an easy precedent in the old-fashioned shvitz.’
- ‘Some form of this ancient practice is found in cultures around the world, from the Finnish sauna to the Russian bania, and from the Jewish shvitz to the Turkish hamman.’
- ‘I poured some icy buckets over my head and entered the schvitz.’
- 1.1 A session in a sauna or steam bath.‘when it's time for thinking I like to have a shvitz’
- ‘The schvitz is an experience in and of itself.’
- ‘Since I'm the sweatiest guy I know, I took some wicking gear for a test schvitz.’
- ‘It reminded me of the time I took a schvitz with him at the 92nd Street Y.’
- ‘One of the most memorable dreams involved me conversing with Lou as we took a shvitz together.’
- ‘We're sure it was warm in Venice, but we didn't notice any other starlets looking like they just finished a schvitz in the sauna.’
- ‘Off to have a schvitz and a massage.’
verb[NO OBJECT]North American
Sweat.‘it was one of those godawful days with a billion percent humidity and everybody was schvitzing’
- ‘Without powder that face paint is just gonna melt off your face the second you start to schvitz.’
- ‘In the intimate confines of the Cabaret theater, where they literally schvitz right onto the audience, the whole house crackles with their energy.’
- ‘For example, yesterday I was definitely shvitzing.’
- ‘They have like 6 rooms perhaps, you can lay in the rain, schvitz to your heart's content.’
- ‘He probably does tend to schvitz more than most.’
- ‘Now let me schvitz in peace.’
1930s: from Yiddish shvits ‘sauna, steam bath’, probably from German Schwitze.
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