• verb: to produce a clear liquid from your skin when you are hot or nervous
  • verb: to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands
  • usually singular
  • synonyms: perspire


  • I 'broke into a sweat' as I struggled up the hill. = I 'broke out in a sweat' as I struggled up the hill. [=I began to sweat as I struggled up the hill]

  • “The car won't start—what are we going to do?” “Don't 'sweat it'. I know all about fixing cars.”

  • “Thanks a lot for your help.” “'No sweat'.” [=helping was not difficult and I was glad to do it]

Movie quotes

  • (..) - Yes. ma'am. - You must have some more. - No thanks. But you'II hurt the cook's feeIings. She made this cakejust for you. Her sweat and bIood went into this cake. You wiII not Ieave this pIatform untiI you have eaten the whoIe cake! - The whoIe cake! See you at Iunch. - Thank you, Cookie. (..)
    1996 Matilda