Definition of sweat in English:



  • 1mass noun Moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, typically in profuse quantities as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, fever, or fear.

    ‘beads of sweat broke out on her brow’
    • ‘She is naked and drenched in sweat and saliva and mucus, her mouth is open, her face is blotched with purple.’
    • ‘I felt happy to feel small beads of sweat forming on my skin.’
    • ‘They develop during puberty and start to release sweat in response to stress, emotion and sexual excitement.’
    • ‘Eccrine sweat is initially odourless, but patients are embarrassed and inconvenienced by having sodden clothing and damp hands.’
    • ‘By drawing sweat away from your skin as soon as it rises to the surface, he says, your body won't cool properly.’
    • ‘We used a modified version of the Joseph Benotti method to determine the concentration of iodine in sweat and urine samples.’
    • ‘So long as the body is able to sweat readily, and the appropriate fluids can be taken to replace the lost sweat, heat loss would usually be maintained and dehydration avoided.’
    • ‘This involves evaporation of water from the body surface, and active secretion of sweat onto the skin surface will be initiated.’
    • ‘Too much heat and sweat can make your skin more irritated and itchy.’
    • ‘In ashtanga yoga, also known as power yoga, you'll work up a sweat through physical exertion.’
    • ‘Once the symptoms begin to abate and you can move around comfortably, mild physical exertion may help sweat out the evil humors.’
    • ‘Wearing moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics that draw sweat away from the skin and allow heat to escape can be a significant help.’
    • ‘The sweat that stays on the skin damages skin cells and blocks duct pores resulting in sweat being trapped under the skin forming bumps.’
    • ‘She forced herself to stop coughing, but her face was red and beaded with sweat from the fever.’
    • ‘Body odour is the smell caused by bacteria feeding on sweat on the skin, especially in the armpit and groin area.’
    • ‘Marburg is spread through contact with bodily fluids, including, but not limited to blood, sweat and excrement.’
    • ‘Drink lots of water through the day, not only to replenish moisture lost to the heat and sweat but also to help flush toxins out of the body and keep skin looking clear and lustrous.’
    • ‘Standing 50m away, the dark tanned Frenchman glistened with sweat from the heat of the soon setting sun.’
    • ‘Although there is a sensation of heat, evaporation of sweat from the forehead and chest results in a drop in temperature in these areas.’
    • ‘The sweat from the apocrine glands is thicker than that produced by the eccrine glands.’
    perspiration, moisture, dampness, wetness, lather
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    1. 1.1count noun An instance or period of being covered with sweat.
      ‘even thinking about him made me break out in a sweat’
      ‘we'd all worked up a sweat in spite of the cold’
      • ‘Caught the bus most of the way back and then worked up a sweat coming the rest of the way home.’
      • ‘Marc looked over at the man-boy who had worked up a sweat on his forehead, and realized who he was.’
      • ‘It was mid summer by now and the weather could be unbearable at times, the sweltering heat making you break out in a sweat.’
      • ‘He would break out in a sweat and become so light-headed he would practically faint.’
      • ‘And on Friday some 26 youngsters, aged between eight and 14, worked up a sweat at a sports and games day.’
      • ‘He had long since doffed his knit shirt, having worked up a sweat with all his chores.’
      • ‘Do these people ever wake in the middle of the night and break out in a sweat thinking about what they have done?’
      • ‘She woke up in the middle of the night in a sweat, though it wasn't at all warm in her room.’
      • ‘I also have moments when my heart races and then I break out in a sweat.’
      • ‘The red-faced Prince appeared in his element despite the watching media crews as he worked up a sweat running around the pitch with about a dozen fellow players.’
      • ‘I eventually made it there, ready to jump into the pool because it was so hot and I had worked up a sweat.’
      • ‘His hours-long meditation was so intense he'd break out in a sweat and would be exhausted by the end of it.’
      • ‘Jessica worked up a sweat dancing so the dress stuck uncomfortably to her.’
      • ‘Arthur conceded that he would need another fight before tackling Gomez again sometime later this year as he barely worked up a sweat in last night's encounter.’
      • ‘Sometimes he would wake up in the middle of the night covered in sweat and his white pillow would be red from coughing up blood.’
      • ‘Yesterday was sunny and warm and I worked up a sweat.’
      • ‘It warmed up usually by her afternoon classes with Professor Kirber and since she had been let in to challenge again she worked up a sweat.’
      • ‘It is pretty normal for me to break out into a sweat within about 5 seconds of being in an uncomfortable situation.’
      • ‘This went on for about twenty minutes, as the girls worked up a sweat.’
    2. 1.2informal count noun A state of flustered anxiety or distress.
      ‘I don't believe he'd get into such a sweat about a girl’
      fluster, flutter, fret, fuss, panic, frenzy, fever, pother, state of anxiety, state of agitation, state of nervousness, nervous state, state of worry
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    3. 1.3informal Hard work; effort.
      ‘computer graphics take a lot of the sweat out of animation’
      • ‘Behind the exquisitely woven material is the sweat and hard labour of hundreds of handloom weavers and their family members.’
      • ‘You can only do it with a lot of sweat, working hard, and throwing stuff away.’
      • ‘It is simply a function of hard work, sweat and consistency.’
      • ‘Remember it took four hard years of sweat and tears for this Armagh side to achieve the ultimate prize in Gaelic football which proves that perseverance does pay off.’
      • ‘Nothing binds a people more joyously than the shared sweat of effort towards a common goal.’
      • ‘May I wish the youth of India whose purposeful hard work with sweat will be a major transforming force for prosperous India.’
      labour, hard work, toil, toils, effort, efforts, exertion, exertions, industry, industriousness, drudgery, slog, the sweat of one's brow
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    4. 1.4informal in singular A laborious task or undertaking.
      ‘helping to run the meeting was a bit of a sweat’
      • ‘The story itself, if efficacious, should give no inkling of the sweat of the author's peculiarly difficult task.’
      • ‘And will be lonelier to do, than when we could banter as we worked, making the work go faster as the sweat fell, seeming to be easier as we took on the task together.’
  • 2sweatsNorth American informal

    another term for sweatsuit or sweatpants
    • ‘I got out of bed, pulled on my sweats without any underwear, and opened the door.’
    • ‘Noticing he was dressed in sweats and a sweat shirt, she commented ‘I take it you don't have to go into the office today.’’
    • ‘She grabbed a pair of sweats and a sweat shirt and changed in the bathroom, running a comb through her short hair quickly.’
    • ‘We all dressed comfortably, since it would be a very long plane ride, in sweats and tank tops.’
    • ‘She quickly dressed in baggy sweats and then padded down to the dining room for breakfast.’
    • ‘Young children's clothes and hand towels go on the middle layer and the top rack is for towels, jeans, pillow cases, sweaters, sweats, pajama bottoms and t-shirts.’
    • ‘She slipped out of her pajamas and put on a pair of sweats and a jacket.’
    • ‘She was a pretty girl but I rarely saw her in anything other than jeans or sweats and a t-shirt of sweater.’
    • ‘After my shower, I dressed in blue sweats and a sweatshirt.’
    • ‘I pull out a pair of socks, sweats, a shirt and sweatshirt.’
    • ‘She towel dried her hair and threw on some of his sweats and a sweater and shirt of his.’
    • ‘I immediately changed out of my jeans into some sweats and looked for some comfort food to begin my wallowing.’
    • ‘She's wearing long, baggy sweats, white sports socks, and a baggy gray sweatshirt.’
    • ‘The college teams in the states were (and still are to some extent) decked out in these matching sweats and shoes.’
    • ‘Pulling on a pair of sweats and old sweater, she snuck downstairs quietly.’
    • ‘Lisa walked into the gym, dressed in a leotard and sweats, her hair in a messy ponytail.’
    • ‘‘I hid under baggy sweats and jeans and didn't want to confront my weight issues,’ she recalls.’
    • ‘She turned away and went to change for bed, emerging in a white tank top and some sweats.’
    • ‘Dressed in black sweats, a white undershirt and carrying a mug of what looked to be coffee, that didn't stop him from smiling to see her face.’
    • ‘But you'll find yourself admired, too, if you wear one while in your sweats and sneaks while out running errands.’
    1. 2.1as modifier Denoting loose casual garments made of thick, fleecy cotton.
      ‘sweat tops and bottoms’
      • ‘His eyes flew back to Roxie, briefly roaming her slim body that was clad in a black tank top and gray sweat capris.’
      • ‘Geneva surveyed Ian stretching and noticed the slightly dampened from sweat white cotton shirt clinging to his brawny chest.’
      • ‘I slipped on my pink and white vertically stripped bikini top and boy short bottoms then I put on a pink sweat skirt over the bottoms.’
      • ‘Slouchy hooded sweat tops, wool hats and scooter jackets form the mainstay of this skatey collection.’
      • ‘It seemed normal enough, baggy jeans, a white sweat jacket with some random company name plastered on it and a pair of DC shoes.’


  • 1no object Exude sweat.

    ‘he was sweating profusely’
    • ‘Indrajit was sweating profusely, and he gave up.’
    • ‘I was lying on a bed in South Vietnam, watching the endless rotation of the fan above me, and sweating profusely, fevered and unable to sleep.’
    • ‘Diddy was sweating profusely; he smelled like an old gym sock.’
    • ‘I'm this close to telling one of my favorite clients to stay away from me until the temperature goes under 70 because he sweats so profusely, I can't stand to touch him.’
    • ‘Some working in the rubble - overweight, smoking, sweating profusely - hardly look fit, of course.’
    • ‘He saw his brother was pale and sweating profusely.’
    • ‘He agreed with her to begin, having met Mary, but that did not stop him from anxiously shaking his head and sweating quite profusely.’
    • ‘I'm having trouble walking in my platforms, the glitter we carefully applied is getting in our eyes and our drinks, and most of us are sweating profusely in our nylon outfits.’
    • ‘Sometimes I sit in a small, cedar-paneled room full of old wrinkly men who are naked and sweating profusely.’
    • ‘I'm flexing hard and sweating profusely but never breaking my smile.’
    • ‘The guy sitting next to me, who was sweating profusely, even more than the usual Mumbai levels… got up, and a lady clad in a burkha sat next to me.’
    • ‘He's stuttering, avoiding eye contact, and sweating profusely.’
    • ‘It might have been from their hug, but Kristine was sweating profusely.’
    • ‘Alex saw that he had been sweating profusely and his sheets were soaked.’
    • ‘Autonomic arousal symptoms, such as blushing, sweating, trembling, and palpitations, are sometimes prominent.’
    • ‘The gnome was sweating profusely and looked down at the cat-thing in shock.’
    • ‘Besides the environmental changes, which can make us, sweat, hormonal or emotional stimuli can cause sweating.’
    • ‘After that, Philip, sweating profusely, moved over to the wall, next to the door, and braced himself, focusing on the entrance.’
    • ‘Feet pong because they have more sweat glands than any part of our body and they sweat profusely.’
    • ‘As Marvin, the obese Ron Orbach sweats profusely but exudes quite a bit less humor.’
    perspire, swelter, exude perspiration, drip with perspiration, drip with sweat, be pouring with sweat, break out in a sweat, glow, be damp, be wet, secrete
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    1. 1.1sweat something out/offwith object Get rid of something from the body by exuding sweat.
      ‘a well-hydrated body sweats out waste products more efficiently’
      • ‘Sometimes you get sick because of the build up of toxins over time. Your body sweats the toxins out and purifies you in an effort.’
      • ‘The beauty treatment begins with a skin-brushing, proceeds with an algae all-over body mask (to sweat toxins out) and finishes with a soporific scalp massage.’
    2. 1.2with object Cause (a person or animal) to exude sweat by exercise or exertion.
      ‘cold as it was, the climb had sweated him’
      • ‘Well, you know, this bodyguard, I tell you, I think they're going to sweat him now.’
    3. 1.3 (of food or an object) ooze or exude beads of moisture on to its surface.
      ‘cheese stored at room temperature will quickly begin to sweat’
      • ‘Once out and completely cold, store in the fridge where it will firm up, but do not cover or it will sweat, the surface breaking out into unsightly droplets of moisture.’
      • ‘It rested on a dais of mashed potatoes, sandwiched between ruby chard sweated with provençale-style herbs, long tongues of roasted plum tomatoes and violet-black olives.’
      • ‘In a large pan, sweat off the onion and garlic in a little olive oil.’
      • ‘It is, on the face of it, a mute slab of pinkish grey meat sweating lightly in its clingfilm wrapper, a lacklustre staple of our English diet with nothing much to say for itself.’
      • ‘Creams will sweat or soften with excessive exposure to heat, so store properly.’
      • ‘The domes began to sweat under the frowning sun.’
      • ‘Meat sweats in those packets and loses freshness.’
      • ‘Baked apples, sweating out cinnamon and maple godliness.’
      • ‘Add the mushrooms, stir gently until they begin to sweat, then add the milk, stirring again.’
    4. 1.4 (of a person) exert a great deal of strenuous effort.
      ‘I've sweated over this for six months’
      • ‘It had been Robby who had sweated over what to wear.’
      • ‘Though only sixty miles, the drive from Butte seemed long as the three conservationists sweated over the probable bar fight that awaited them.’
      • ‘Terry had sweated over Sonya for two years and in that time he had spoken to her only twice.’
      • ‘I myself have a claim that I have sweated over for the last year.’
      • ‘A draft need not be a complete version of a story that a writer has sweated over for hours and that an editor has red-pencilled or responded to with noteface comments.’
      • ‘Do you remember the days when you rented a video for the evening and then sweated over the fine when you forgot to take it back?’
      • ‘How many of us have thought about it, lost sleep over it, chickened out of it, sweated over it, practically bitten our nails to the bone over it and made ourselves sick over it?’
      • ‘Despite the deceptive chattiness of his writing, he sweated over every line, often suffering from paralysing writers' block.’
      • ‘In the US, it's customary to get something that you've paid for (or bled and sweated over, as other examples).’
      • ‘Publishers puts book that someone sweated over for years on shelves for three months, doesn't sell, that's it, and the author has no rights.’
      work hard, work, work like a trojan, labour, toil, slog, slave, work one's fingers to the bone, keep one's nose to the grindstone
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    5. 1.5 (of a person) be or remain in a state of extreme anxiety, typically for a prolonged period.
      ‘if we let them sweat for a week, they'll be a lot more cooperative’
    6. 1.6North American informal with object Worry about (something)
      ‘he's not going to have a lot of time to sweat the details’
      • ‘You tell Lindsay not to sweat it - the whole thing is bound to blow over in a week or two.’
      • ‘Pay attention to these basics, and don't sweat the details too soon.’
      • ‘To my mind, the ‘right’ thing is to give these countries the access they need and not sweat the details.’
      worry, agonize, fuss, panic, fret, dither, lose sleep, be on tenterhooks, be in a state of anxiety, be in a state of agitation, be in a state of nervousness
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  • 2with object Heat (chopped vegetables) slowly in a pan with a small amount of fat, so that they cook in their own juices.

    ‘sweat the celery and onions with olive oil and seasoning’
    • ‘Meanwhile, back on the other side of the kitchen, you want to slowly sweat a thinly-sliced onion in a couple of ounces of butter.’
    • ‘Heat 50g of the butter and a little olive oil in a casserole, then, over a medium heat, sweat the onions and garlic for five minutes.’
    • ‘Heat a large pan, add olive oil and sweat the onion until golden brown.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a saucepan and gently sweat the spring onions until soft.’
    • ‘Gently sweat the onion and garlic in the olive oil.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, gently sweat the diced onion in the butter until the onion is soft.’
    • ‘Transfer from the pan to a bowl, stir in the rosemary and place to one side. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in the frying pan and sweat the onion until soft and translucent.’
    • ‘Start by sweating the onion in the olive oil for five minutes.’
    • ‘How he sweated up a simple stock, onions and garlic, stirred in the mushrooms, let it all soak and bubble for a few fag breaks, then stirred it spoon by spoon into arborio rice.’
    • ‘For the stock, start by sweating all the vegetables and herbs in a little extra-virgin olive oil, seasoning with salt at the start to help them sweat without colouring.’
    • ‘Melt the butter in a saucepan and sweat the chopped onion and garlic until soft.’
    1. 2.1no object (of chopped vegetables) be cooked slowly in a pan with a small amount of fat.
      ‘let the chopped onion sweat gently for five minutes’
      • ‘Vegetables are allowed to sweat and cook in their own moisture and the results are remarkable.’
      • ‘Now we can't be fagged with all that sweating and simmering and, most of all, all that waiting.’
      • ‘For example, you can start with a base of half a finely-chopped onion and a garlic clove sweated in olive oil.’
      • ‘Add to the onions and let it sweat for ten minutes.’
      • ‘Cover the pot with a lid so the vegetables sweat and soften without colouring, then pour in the stock and bring to the boil.’
      • ‘Add the onion and garlic, and sweat for a few minutes.’
      • ‘In another large saucepan, melt the butter, add the onions and sweat until soft, but not brown.’
      • ‘Sprinkle with a tbsp of salt and set aside in a colander to sweat for 30 minutes.’
      • ‘Heat the oil in a pan, add the squash and sweat gently for four to five minutes.’
      • ‘Here come spiky crustaceans sweated in garlic, curried fish eggs and braised ox-brains.’
      • ‘Put the lid on and, keeping the heat low, allow the vegetables to sweat gently and release their juices - this should take about 10 minutes.’
      • ‘Add the sherry and sugar, and sweat for a further five minutes, until it goes thick and sticky.’
      • ‘Not even in Spain have I tasted a better tortilla: the potatoes and onions sweated to fondant softness, the egg almost imperceptible and just gently holding them.’
      • ‘Add mushrooms and sweat or half-sauté them over high temperature.’
      • ‘In tropical climes the unripe green beans are cured by alternate sweating and drying until the characteristic aroma develops.’
      • ‘Gently heat oil in sauté pan and add shallots; sweat over low heat five minutes.’
  • 3with object and adverbial Subject (metal) to surface melting, especially to fasten or join by solder without a soldering iron.

    ‘the tyre is sweated on to the wooden parts’


  • break sweat

    • informal Exert oneself physically.

      ‘they extended their unbeaten run to seven matches and hardly had to break sweat to do it’
      • ‘Ordinarily, he could have dispatched the challenger without breaking a sweat.’
      • ‘With a cool climate, you'll barely break a sweat.’
      • ‘You should be able to surmount any obstacle without breaking a sweat or wrinkling your little tennis outfit.’
      • ‘After half-an-hour he lost Roy Keane, but they still hardly broke sweat as they swept their rivals aside with ease.’
      • ‘Jack can cook a bird and four side dishes for eight people without breaking a sweat while also managing to keep track of numerous football and two basketball games.’
      • ‘He has certainly struggled to break sweat against the calibre of opponent trying to halt his progress thus far this week.’
      • ‘He tossed in a few highlights for the paying public before sneaking to the bench, smiling and winking at someone in the crowd, as if he hardly broke a sweat and it will all be so easy.’
      • ‘Daddy fixes a door, clips the hedges, hangs a picture, builds a bird feeder, washes and waxes the car, chops wood, saws wood, pounds nails and on and on, never, ever breaking a sweat.’
      • ‘They began against a novice England side at Twickenham and hardly broke sweat in winning 19-3.’
      • ‘They hardly broke a sweat until the final, when the nerves started to surface, but they eventually snatched it from Ballinrobe.’
      make an effort, try hard, strive, endeavour, apply oneself, do one's best, do all one can, do one's utmost, give one's all, make every effort, spare no effort, be at pains, put oneself out
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  • by the sweat of one's brow

    • By one's own hard work, typically manual labour.

      • ‘Genesis chapter 3 deals with the fall of humankind and the curse that ‘by the sweat of your brow’ humans would have to work hard and long.’
      • ‘I'm lucky to have a gap, of course, even though I created that gap during my working life, by the sweat of my brow and by saving a little every month, year after year.’
      • ‘She concluded that, ‘Something is wrong, very wrong, when a single person in good health, a person who in addition possess a working car, can barely support herself by the sweat of her brow.’’
      • ‘He frets that ‘the poor survive by the sweat of their brow’.’
      • ‘Scotland, or the peasant, carries the bundle by the sweat of his brow.’
      • ‘Does a drink cadged from a stranger taste far superior to one earned by the sweat of your brow?’
      • ‘As part of the progression from dust to dust mankind makes his impression in the life cycle by producing children and by wresting the fruits of nature by the sweat of his brow.’
      • ‘In the Bible, paradise offers leisure and ease; out of Eden, man must earn his bread by the sweat of his brow.’
      • ‘Marx and his followers believed that man had been put on earth to enjoy it, and looked forward to a millennium in which mankind could eventually be freed from Adam's curse - the cruel necessity to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow.’
      • ‘I've earned a break, too, not by the sweat of my brow but as reward for all the tea, coffee and ‘hold this for a minute, would you’ tasks that have been my main contribution to the project.’
  • no sweat

    • informal Used to convey that something is not difficult or problematic.

      ‘‘We haven't any decaf, I'm afraid.’ ‘No sweat.’’
      • ‘Take a deep breath, and tell yourself, ‘I'm smart and strong enough to handle this - no sweat!’’
      • ‘All he had to do was pretend to add himself to the system - no sweat.’
      • ‘I think he is lulled into complacency by the fact that I so far have had a whole lot of baby-wrangling experience, and therefore have everything under control, no sweat.’
      • ‘This song's performance was evidence that, even though newer Rush material is less reliant on keyboards, Lee can still juggle bass, vocals, pedals and keyboards like it's really no sweat.’
      • ‘I was able to cover the three hundred dollar rent and second mouth to feed no sweat, and Jack and I co-existed in clueless dysfunction for about four months.’
      • ‘When I was given this task, I thought, right - no sweat.’
      • ‘There's no sweat to fixing up a dive in the Sunshine State, says John Liddiard - just pick up a phone and jump in the car.’
      • ‘So, late yesterday, when a client who hired me to edit his company's annual report emailed to say he needed it 12 hours early, I figured no sweat.’
      • ‘Sounds tough to swing, but it's seriously no sweat.’
      • ‘No matter what challenge he was given, he could solve it within ten minutes, no sweat.’
  • sweat blood

    • 1informal Make an extraordinarily strenuous effort to do something.

      ‘she's sweated blood to support her family’
      toil, labour, exert oneself, slave, slave away, plod away
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      1. 1.1Be extremely anxious.
        ‘we've been sweating blood over the question of what is right’
  • sweat buckets

    • informal Sweat profusely.

      • ‘Colin threw himself into the performance with innocent gusto, leaping round the stage, sweating buckets and managing somehow at one point not to topple headlong off the piano stool into the audience.’
      • ‘It has no scientific basis and all you are doing is sweating buckets and compressing your fat cells in one particular area.’
      • ‘In practice, it involved falling down ravines, getting flayed by sharp vegetation and sweating buckets - sort of like Eco Challenge for the chronically unfit.’
      • ‘Trust me you don't want me to be out there in the hot sun picketing, walking around sweating buckets.’
      • ‘What made it more impressive was the fact it came in a stifling humidity which saw fans sweating buckets just sat in the shade.’
      • ‘Michelle Rodriguez sneers the whole way though while sweating buckets of blood and perspiration.’
      • ‘This was one of those games where in the end everyone had cuts and bruises and sweating buckets.’
      • ‘Less equipment meant less choreography on the part of the band and more time to rock out, which they did quite happily, sweating buckets and pandering to the crowd throughout.’
      • ‘Summer, that kind that has you sweating buckets and in a torpor from an excess of heat, comes late in this part of the world, and when it does, it often does so with a vengeance.’
      • ‘If I get dressed for sub-zero temperatures, complete with gloves so I can scrape my car out from under the ice, by afternoon I am sweating buckets because I'd be better off in a T-shirt.’
      perspire, swelter, exude perspiration, drip with perspiration, drip with sweat, be pouring with sweat, break out in a sweat, glow, be damp, be wet, secrete
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  • sweat bullets

    • informal Be extremely anxious or nervous.

      • ‘Now everyone's sweating bullets as Melvin tries to set things straight before HE'S on the list for the next big hit!’
      • ‘When two such diametrically opposed yet astute observers agree, you can bet the politicians are sweating bullets.’
      • ‘This is the kind of idea that makes death penalty zealots sweat bullets.’
      • ‘Or do I just write him back and point this out to him, leaving him to sweat bullets wondering whether I'm going to report it to his company?’
      • ‘Dein refused, but you can bet he is still sweating bullets at the prospect of losing his manager.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, this should have media titans everywhere sweating bullets.’
      • ‘Now sweating bullets, he realized the burglar had a knife and could still rush at him.’
      • ‘I'm sure your date is downstairs sweating bullets,’ her father laughed.’
      • ‘I had read that she should be smiling at me by the fourth week, and at the end of last week I was sweating bullets that she might not reach this milestone on time.’
      • ‘Here's something that has network news executives sweating bullets.’
  • sweat it out

    • 1informal Endure prolonged heat or exertion.

      ‘about 1,500 runners are expected to sweat it out in this year's run’
      1. 1.1Wait in a state of extreme anxiety for something to happen or be resolved.
        ‘he sweated it out until the lab report was back’
  • sweat the small stuff

    • informal Worry about trivial things.

      • ‘He said it all the time, as if to remind his kids that life is too short to sweat the small stuff.’
      • ‘They must get the big things right, but they don't achieve greatness without sweating the small stuff.’
      • ‘She no longer sweats the small stuff, and instead of trying to manage the way her male counterparts do, she allows feminine compassion to flow into the workplace - which, she says, has made her a better leader.’
      • ‘The science of nanotechnology is all about sweating the small stuff.’
      • ‘Mike has done a great job of creating an atmosphere here to let you do that, where you are not sweating the small stuff.’
      • ‘I don't sweat the small stuff with guys I trust.’
      • ‘I learned to make everything fun, not to sweat the small stuff, analyse worries, consider the options, choose one, stop worrying and get on with my life.’
      • ‘Nor were athletes concerned about health risks; who sweats the small stuff when you believe you're bullet-proof?’
      • ‘The two of us came up with the plan, then began sweating the small stuff.’
      • ‘Advice to parents of teenagers: don't sweat the small stuff.’


Old English swāt (noun), swǣtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zweet and German Schweiss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sudor.