sweatsweat2 ●●○ noun 1 liquid on skin [singular, uncountable]SWEAT drops of salty liquid that come out through your skin when you are hot, frightened, ill, or doing exercise syn perspiration Ian came off the squash court dripping with sweat. Beads of sweat appeared on his forehead. Sweat poured down his face.2 [countable] the condition of sweating Symptoms include fatigue and night sweats.work up a sweat (=do physical exercise or hard work that makes you sweat)3 → a (cold) sweat4 → break into a sweat/break out in a sweat5 → break sweat6 → no sweat7 → sweats8 work [singular] old-fashionedWORK HARD hard work, especially when it is boring or unpleasant9 → the sweat of somebody’s browCOLLOCATIONSverbsbe dripping with sweatAfter two hours' climbing, their bodies were dripping with sweat.be drenched/soaked with sweat (=be covered in a lot of sweat)His shirt was drenched with sweat.sweat runs/pours somewhereMy hand was shaking and sweat was pouring off my forehead.sweat trickles somewhere (=flows slowly)I could feel the sweat trickling down my back.glisten with sweat (=be wet and shiny with sweat)His chest glistened with sweat.phrasesbeads of sweat (=drops of sweat)There were beads of sweat on his forehead.a trickle of sweat (=sweat that is flowing somewhere)A trickle of sweat ran down my neck.be wet/damp with sweatShe had been exercising and her hair was damp with sweat.sweat stands out on somebody's forehead (=there are drops of sweat on someone's forehead)Sweat stood out on Ian's forehead.wipe the sweat from your brow/foreheadHe wiped the sweat from his brow and carried on digging.adjectivesstale sweatThe room smelt of stale sweat.
Examples from the Corpussweat• Sweat poured off his face.• He threw up so easily, not like an adult retching and covered with cold sweat.• I got sweat in my eyes and couldn't see.• You have more sweat glands and blood vessels per square inch in your scalp than any other part of your body.• Beads of sweat appeared on her forehead and she trembled visibly.• Tepid sweats form, and shine, and instantly evaporate.• The lumps are heavy but I drove myself till my arms cried out and the sweat runs down my back.• He constantly rotates five pairs of gloves, disliking the sweat that builds up inside as he plays.• I sat on an upturned box, feeling the sweat beginning to trickle down my back.• He stopped working for a moment to wipe the sweat off his face.• The sweat of old memories, buried horrors, miserable lonely fears.Sweat poured• After his victory Marcello retired to his terrace with a towel. Sweat poured from his head and chest.• The backs of his thighs were bulging, his hamstrings taut as guy wires. Sweat poured off his face.work up a sweat• Beals, also working up a sweat, wears a distraught look through most of the movie.• Keep this in mind, says Reed, if you are working up a sweat digging your car out of a ditch.• After half an hour or so of vigorous boring with the hand drill, we both worked up a sweat.• They are silent and focused, working up a sweat.• On the days he did hit the water, he lost interest in the workout before he worked up a sweat.• Can you bring us a drink? We're working up a sweat out here.• Just enough to work up a sweat, keep the blood moving, tone the old cardio-vascular whatsit.• Kick the day into action with refreshing Celsius Body Splash Opposite, below: keep your cool even when working up a sweat.