sweat1 [swet] v
1¦(liquid from skin)¦
4 don't sweat it
5 don't sweat the small stuff
6¦(produce liquid)¦
Phrasal verbs
 sweat something<=>off
 sweat something<=>out
[: Old English; Origin: swAtan, from swat 'sweat' (noun)]
to have drops of salty liquid coming out through your skin because you are hot, ill, frightened, or doing exercise
I was sweating a lot despite the air-conditioning.
sweat heavily/profusely
(=sweat a lot)
Within minutes she was sweating profusely.
sweat like a pig/sweat buckets [i]informal (=sweat a lot)
basketball players sweating buckets
2.) ¦(WORK)¦ [i]informal
to work hard
They sweated and saved for ten years to buy a house.
sweat over
He'd sweated over the plans for six months.
sweat blood/sweat your guts out
(=work very hard)
I sweated blood to get that report finished.
We've been sweating our guts out here!
3.) ¦(WORRY)¦ [i]informal
to be anxious, nervous, or worried about something
Let them sweat a bit before you tell them.
sweat bullets
AmE (=be very anxious)
Workers are sweating bullets over the possibility of job losses.
4.) don't sweat it
AmE spoken used to tell someone not to worry about something
Don't sweat it, I'll lend you the money.
5.) don't sweat the small stuff
AmE spoken used to tell someone not to worry about unimportant things
if something such as cheese sweats, fat from inside appears on its surface
7.) ¦(COOK)¦ [T]
[i]BrE to heat food gently in a little water or fat
Sweat the vegetables until the juices run out.
sweat off [sweat sth<=>off] phr v
to lose weight by sweating a lot
sweat out [sweat sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to wait anxiously for news that is very important to you
Van Os is sweating it out while the coach decides which players he's taking to the Olympics.
2.) American English to work very hard on something, especially something difficult
kids sweating out a test
3.) to do hard physical exercise
They were sweating it out in the gym.
4.) to get rid of an illness by making yourself sweat a lot
sweat 2
sweat2 n
1¦(liquid on skin)¦
2 get into a sweat about something
3 break (out) into a sweat
4 a cold sweat
5 no sweat
6 sweats
8 the sweat of somebody's brow
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: SWEAT1]
drops of salty liquid that come out through your skin when you are hot, frightened, ill, or doing exercise
Ian came off the squash court dripping with sweat.
Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead.
Sweat poured down his face.
work up a sweat
(=do physical exercise or hard work that makes you sweat)
Karen was on the exercise bikes, just beginning to break a sweat (=start sweating) .
2.) get into a sweat about sth informal
to become nervous or frightened about something
Don't get into such a sweat about it! It's only a test.
3.) break (out) into a sweat
to become very nervous or frightened
Drops in stock market prices have investors breaking out into a sweat.
4.) a cold sweat
a state of nervousness or fear, in which you start to sweat, even though you are not hot
in/into a cold sweat
I woke up from the nightmare in a cold sweat.
5.) no sweat
spoken used to say that you can do something easily
'Are you sure you can do it on time?' 'Yeah, no sweat!'
6.) sweats [plural] AmE informal
a) clothes made of thick, soft cotton, worn especially for sport
= ↑sweatsuit
b) trousers of this type
= sweat pants
7.) ¦(WORK)¦ [singular]
old-fashioned hard work, especially when it is boring or unpleasant
8.) the sweat of sb's brow
literary the hard effort that someone has made in their work

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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