sweat out


verb (tr, adverb)

to cure or lessen the effects of (a cold, respiratory infection, etc) by sweating
informal to endure (hardships) for a time (often in the phrase sweat it out)
sweat one's guts out informal to work extremely hard

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Idioms and Phrases with sweat out

sweat out

Endure or await something anxiously, as in He sweated out that last final exam, or I don't know if I made the team—I'm still sweating it out. This idiom, often expanded to sweat it out, was first recorded in 1876.

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