Definition of sweat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//swet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//swet//
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    liquid on skin
  1. 1  [uncountable] drops of liquid that appear on the surface of your skin when you are hot, ill/sick or afraid synonym perspiration beads of sweat She wiped the sweat from her face. By the end of the match, the sweat was pouring off him. Their bodies were soaked in sweat. see also sweaty See related entries: Skin
  2. 2  [usually singular] the state of being covered with sweat I woke up in a sweat. She completed the routine without even working up a sweat. He breaks out in a sweat just at the thought of flying. He started having night sweats. see also cold sweat
  3. hard work
  4. 3[uncountable] hard work or effort (informal) Growing your own vegetables sounds like a lot of sweat. (literary) She achieved success by the sweat of her brow (= by working very hard).
  5. clothes
  6. 4 sweats [plural] (informal, especially North American English) a sweatsuit or sweatpants I hung around the house all day in my sweats.
  7. Word OriginOld English swāt (noun), swǣtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zweet and German Schweiss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sudor.Extra examples He mopped the sweat from his brow. He was dripping with sweat. His forehead was dripping sweat. His hands trembled and sweat broke out all over his body. My shirt stuck to the clammy sweat on my back. She beat me without even breaking (a) sweat. She broke out in a cold sweat when she saw the spider. She woke up in a cold sweat. Sweat beaded her face. Sweat glistened on her forehead. Sweat stood out on his shoulders. Sweat was running down his back. The room smelled of stale sweat. The workmen were bathed in sweat. The workmen were streaming with sweat. We worked up a good sweat carrying the boxes outside. A lot of sweat has gone into producing this. She achieved success by the sweat of her brow. We’ve put blood, sweat and tears into this campaign. Well, he could answer that one straight off, no sweat!Idioms
    be/get in a sweat (about something)
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    to be/become anxious or frightened about something
    very hard work; a lot of effort The only way to succeed is through old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears.
    break sweat (British English) (North American English break a sweat)
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    (informal) to use a lot of physical effort He hardly needed to break sweat to reach the final.
    (informal) used to tell somebody that something is not difficult or a problem when they thank you or ask you to do something ‘Thanks for everything.’ ‘Hey, no sweat!’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sweat