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 bullets

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 bullets
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Medicine definitions for sweat bullets

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 bullets

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 bullets

sweat bullets

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]

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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