Nearby words

  1. swear to,
  2. swear word,
  3. swearing,
  4. swearing-in,
  5. swearword,
  6. sweat bee,
  7. sweat blood,
  8. sweat bullets,
  9. sweat equity,
  10. sweat gland

Idioms

Origin of sweat

before 900; 1970–75 for def 6; (v.) Middle English sweten, Old English swǣtan to sweat, derivative of swāt (noun) (> obsolete English swote); (noun) Middle English, alteration of swote, influenced by the v.; cognate with Dutch zweet, German Schweiss, Old Norse sveiti, Sanskrit svedas; akin to Latin sūdor, Greek hidrṓs

SYNONYMS FOR sweat
24. See perspiration.

Related formssweat·less, adjectivenon·sweat·ing, adjectiveun·sweat·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sweat blood

sweat

/ (swɛt) /

noun

verb sweats, sweating, sweat or sweated


Derived Formssweatless, adjective

Word Origin for sweat

Old English swætan to sweat, from swāt sweat; related to Old Saxon swēt, Old Norse sveiti, Old High German sweiz, Latin sūdor, Sanskrit svedas

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Word Origin and History for sweat blood
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Medicine definitions for sweat blood

sweat

[ swĕt ]

v.

To excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin; perspire.

n.

The colorless saline moisture excreted by the sweat glands; perspiration.
The process of sweating.

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Science definitions for sweat blood

sweat

[ swĕt ]

The salty liquid given off by sweat glands in the skin of mammals. As sweat evaporates, the skin cools, causing a reduction in body heat.
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Idioms and Phrases with sweat blood

sweat blood

1

Also, sweat one's guts out. Work diligently or strenuously, as in The men were sweating blood to finish the roof before the storm hit. The phrase using guts was first used about 1890, and that with blood shortly thereafter.

2

Suffer mental anguish, worry intensely, as in Waiting for the test results, I was sweating blood. This usage was first recorded in a work by D.H. Lawrence in 1924. Both usages are colloquial, and allude to the agony of Jesus in Gethsemane (Luke 22:44): “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

sweat

In addition to the idioms beginning with sweat

  • sweat blood
  • sweat bullets
  • sweat of one's brow
  • sweat out

also see:

  • by the sweat of one's brow
  • in a cold sweat
  • no problem (sweat)
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