|Origin:||swætan, from swat 'sweat' (noun)|
to have drops of salty liquid coming out through your skin because you are hot, ill, frightened, or doing exercise [= perspire]:
liquid from skin[intransitive]
I was sweating a lot despite the air-conditioning.
sweat heavily/profusely (=sweat a lot)
Within minutes she was sweating profusely.
sweat like a pig/sweat buckets informal (=sweat a lot)
basketball players sweating buckets
to work hard:
They sweated and saved for ten years to buy a house.
He'd sweated over the plans for six months.
sweat blood/sweat your guts out (=work very hard)
I sweated blood to get that report finished.
We've been sweating our guts out here!
to be anxious, nervous, or worried about something:
Let them sweat a bit before you tell them.
sweat bullets American English (=be very anxious)
Workers are sweating bullets over the possibility of job losses.
4 American English spoken
used to tell someone not to worry about something:
Don't sweat it, I'll lend you the money.
5 American English spoken
used to tell someone not to worry about unimportant things
if something such as cheese sweats, fat from inside appears on its surface
to heat food gently in a little water or fat:
cook[transitive] British EnglishDFC
Sweat the vegetables until the juices run out.
sweat something ↔ offphrasal verb
sweat something ↔ outphrasal verb
to wait anxiously for news that is very important to you:
Van Os is sweating it out while the coach decides which players he's taking to the Olympics.
2 American English
to work very hard on something, especially something difficult:
kids sweating out a test
to do hard physical exercise:
They were sweating it out in the gym.
to get rid of an illness by making yourself sweat a lot