- 1 [mass noun] Moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, typically in profuse quantities as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, fever, or fear: beads of sweat broke out on her browMore example sentences
- Too much heat and sweat can make your skin more irritated and itchy.
- Wearing moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics that draw sweat away from the skin and allow heat to escape can be a significant help.
- Although there is a sensation of heat, evaporation of sweat from the forehead and chest results in a drop in temperature in these areas.
- 1.1 [count noun] An instance or period of being covered with sweat: even thinking about him made me break out in a sweat we’d all worked up a sweat in spite of the coldMore example sentences
- Arthur conceded that he would need another fight before tackling Gomez again sometime later this year as he barely worked up a sweat in last night's encounter.
- Do these people ever wake in the middle of the night and break out in a sweat thinking about what they have done?
- The red-faced Prince appeared in his element despite the watching media crews as he worked up a sweat running around the pitch with about a dozen fellow players.
- 1.2 [count noun] • informal A state of flustered anxiety or distress: I don’t believe he’d get into such a sweat about a girl
- 1.3 • informal Hard work; effort: computer graphics take a lot of the sweat out of animationMore example sentences
- You can only do it with a lot of sweat, working hard, and throwing stuff away.
- Remember it took four hard years of sweat and tears for this Armagh side to achieve the ultimate prize in Gaelic football which proves that perseverance does pay off.
- May I wish the youth of India whose purposeful hard work with sweat will be a major transforming force for prosperous India.
- 1.4 [in singular] • informal A laborious task or undertaking: helping to run the meeting was a bit of a sweatMore example sentences
- The story itself, if efficacious, should give no inkling of the sweat of the author's peculiarly difficult task.
- And will be lonelier to do, than when we could banter as we worked, making the work go faster as the sweat fell, seeming to be easier as we took on the task together.
- 2 (sweats) chiefly North American informal term for sweatsuit or sweatpants.More example sentences
- Noticing he was dressed in sweats and a sweat shirt, she commented ‘I take it you don't have to go into the office today.’
- Young children's clothes and hand towels go on the middle layer and the top rack is for towels, jeans, pillow cases, sweaters, sweats, pajama bottoms and t-shirts.
- I pull out a pair of socks, sweats, a shirt and sweatshirt.
- 2.1 [as modifier] Denoting loose casual garments made of thick, fleecy cotton: sweat tops and bottomsMore example sentences
- His eyes flew back to Roxie, briefly roaming her slim body that was clad in a black tank top and gray sweat capris.
- Slouchy hooded sweat tops, wool hats and scooter jackets form the mainstay of this skatey collection.
- Geneva surveyed Ian stretching and noticed the slightly dampened from sweat white cotton shirt clinging to his brawny chest.
verb (sweats, sweating; past and past participle sweated or North American sweat)Back to top
- 1 [no object] Exude sweat: he was sweating profuselyMore example sentences
- As Marvin, the obese Ron Orbach sweats profusely but exudes quite a bit less humor.
- Besides the environmental changes, which can make us, sweat, hormonal or emotional stimuli can cause sweating.
- I'm flexing hard and sweating profusely but never breaking my smile.
- 1.1 [with object] (sweat something out/off) Get rid of something from the body by exuding sweat: a well-hydrated body sweats out waste products more efficientlyMore example sentences
- Sometimes you get sick because of the build up of toxins over time. Your body sweats the toxins out and purifies you in an effort.
- The beauty treatment begins with a skin-brushing, proceeds with an algae all-over body mask (to sweat toxins out) and finishes with a soporific scalp massage.
- 1.2 [with object] Cause (a person or animal) to exude sweat by exercise or exertion: cold as it was, the climb had sweated himMore example sentences
- Well, you know, this bodyguard, I tell you, I think they're going to sweat him now.
- 1.3(Of food or an object) ooze or exude beads of moisture on to its surface: cheese stored at room temperature will quickly begin to sweatMore example sentences
- Meat sweats in those packets and loses freshness.
- Creams will sweat or soften with excessive exposure to heat, so store properly.
- It is, on the face of it, a mute slab of pinkish grey meat sweating lightly in its clingfilm wrapper, a lacklustre staple of our English diet with nothing much to say for itself.
- 1.4(Of a person) exert a great deal of strenuous effort: I’ve sweated over this for six monthsMore example sentences
- I myself have a claim that I have sweated over for the last year.
- A draft need not be a complete version of a story that a writer has sweated over for hours and that an editor has red-pencilled or responded to with noteface comments.
- Terry had sweated over Sonya for two years and in that time he had spoken to her only twice.
- 1.6 [with object] North American • informal Worry about (something): he’s not going to have a lot of time to sweat the detailsMore example sentences
worry, agonize, fuss, panic, fret, dither, lose sleep, be on tenterhooks, be in a state of anxiety, be in a state of agitation, be in a state of nervousness• informal be on pins and needles, be in a state, be in a flap, be in a tiz-woz, be in a stew, be in a lather, bite one's nails, torture oneself, torment oneself
- To my mind, the ‘right’ thing is to give these countries the access they need and not sweat the details.
- You tell Lindsay not to sweat it - the whole thing is bound to blow over in a week or two.
- Pay attention to these basics, and don't sweat the details too soon.
- 2 [with object] Heat (chopped vegetables) slowly in a pan with a small amount of fat, so that they cook in their own juices: sweat the celery and onions with olive oil and seasoningMore example sentences
- Heat 50g of the butter and a little olive oil in a casserole, then, over a medium heat, sweat the onions and garlic for five minutes.
- Meanwhile, back on the other side of the kitchen, you want to slowly sweat a thinly-sliced onion in a couple of ounces of butter.
- Transfer from the pan to a bowl, stir in the rosemary and place to one side. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in the frying pan and sweat the onion until soft and translucent.
- 2.1 [no object] (Of chopped vegetables) be cooked slowly in a pan with a small amount of fat: let the chopped onion sweat gently for five minutesMore example sentences
- Cover the pot with a lid so the vegetables sweat and soften without colouring, then pour in the stock and bring to the boil.
- Vegetables are allowed to sweat and cook in their own moisture and the results are remarkable.
- Put the lid on and, keeping the heat low, allow the vegetables to sweat gently and release their juices - this should take about 10 minutes.
break sweat (or US break a sweat)
- • informal Exert oneself physically: they extended their unbeaten run to seven matches and hardly had to break sweat to do itMore example sentences
- He has certainly struggled to break sweat against the calibre of opponent trying to halt his progress thus far this week.
- They began against a novice England side at Twickenham and hardly broke sweat in winning 19-3.
- After half-an-hour he lost Roy Keane, but they still hardly broke sweat as they swept their rivals aside with ease.
by the sweat of one's brow
- By one’s own hard work, typically manual labour.More example sentences
- Genesis chapter 3 deals with the fall of humankind and the curse that ‘by the sweat of your brow’ humans would have to work hard and long.
- I've earned a break, too, not by the sweat of my brow but as reward for all the tea, coffee and ‘hold this for a minute, would you’ tasks that have been my main contribution to the project.
- I'm lucky to have a gap, of course, even though I created that gap during my working life, by the sweat of my brow and by saving a little every month, year after year.
- • informal Used to convey that something is not difficult or problematic: ‘We haven’t any decaf, I’m afraid.’ ‘No sweat.’More example sentences
- I think he is lulled into complacency by the fact that I so far have had a whole lot of baby-wrangling experience, and therefore have everything under control, no sweat.
- Take a deep breath, and tell yourself, ‘I'm smart and strong enough to handle this - no sweat!’
- I was able to cover the three hundred dollar rent and second mouth to feed no sweat, and Jack and I co-existed in clueless dysfunction for about four months.
sweat blood • informal
- • informal Sweat profusely.More example sentences
- Michelle Rodriguez sneers the whole way though while sweating buckets of blood and perspiration.
- If I get dressed for sub-zero temperatures, complete with gloves so I can scrape my car out from under the ice, by afternoon I am sweating buckets because I'd be better off in a T-shirt.
- In practice, it involved falling down ravines, getting flayed by sharp vegetation and sweating buckets - sort of like Eco Challenge for the chronically unfit.
- North American • informal Be extremely anxious or nervous.More example sentences
- I had read that she should be smiling at me by the fourth week, and at the end of last week I was sweating bullets that she might not reach this milestone on time.
- Here's something that has network news executives sweating bullets.
- When two such diametrically opposed yet astute observers agree, you can bet the politicians are sweating bullets.
sweat it out • informal
sweat the small stuff
- US • informal Worry about trivial things.More example sentences
- I learned to make everything fun, not to sweat the small stuff, analyse worries, consider the options, choose one, stop worrying and get on with my life.
- He said it all the time, as if to remind his kids that life is too short to sweat the small stuff.
- She no longer sweats the small stuff, and instead of trying to manage the way her male counterparts do, she allows feminine compassion to flow into the workplace - which, she says, has made her a better leader.
Old English swāt (noun), swǣtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zweet and German Schweiss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sudor.