- 1Moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, typically in profuse quantities as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, fever, or fear.More 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.
- 1.1An instance of exuding moisture through the pores of the skin: 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.
- 1.3 • 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.
- 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 sweated or 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 onto 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
- 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 by sweating: 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 a sweat
- • informal Exert oneself physically.More 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 labor.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.
don't sweat it
- Used to urge someone not to worry.More example sentences
- And if it's rejection you're worried about, then don't sweat it.
- If your deal is that you don't have a crush, don't sweat it.
- And I don't know that that's what they're doing, but nevertheless, don't sweat it.
- • informal Used to convey that one perceives no difficulty or problem with something: “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.
- • 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
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.