Perspire profusely; also, suffer mental anguish. For example, We were sweating bullets, sitting in the sun through all those graduation speeches, or It was their first baby, and David was sweating bullets while Karen was in labor. The bullets in this expression allude to drops of perspiration the size of bullets. [Slang; mid-1900s]
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They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to a police source, that fax came in at 2:46 p.m.—literally a after before the fatal bullets flew.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Coren said she never felt she was at risk of bodily harm, even as the bullets flew.
And how much do you need to sweat to stave off the disease that kills 500,000 people every year?Running 15 Miles a Week Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk|DailyBurn|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Quite a good lot of bullets were plopping into the water, so the Commodore ordered the Colne to lie further out.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
None of the bullets harmed horse or man, and the sowars were not quite near enough to be in the line of fire.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
A huge string game-bag was slung over his back, and in an antelope's horn or a crane's bill bullets were carried.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
Even bullets will fly off from any other part of the scaly covering as though they had struck against a stone wall.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
Five horses were shot under him, his clothes were riddled with bullets, but he was reserved for a sinister fate.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison