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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How to use sweat out in a sentence
But the overhead sun, whose direct rays were fairly boiling the sweat out of him, harshly corrected this impression.Average Jones | Samuel Hopkins Adams
They had put their shakoes aside and wrapped rags around their heads to keep the sweat out of their eyes.Shaman | Robert Shea
He set down the receiver, shook the sweat out of his eyes, and sank on to a stool.Berry And Co. | Dornford Yates
I can't even see one of these poetic creatures from a distance without breaking out into a cold sweat out of sheer anger.Plays by Chekhov, Second Series | Anton Chekhov
When summer came on, he elected to sweat out a hot and dusty existence in the city and to toil incessantly.The Sea-Wolf | Jack London
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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