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sweat blood

 and sweat bullets
Fig. to be very anxious and tense. What a terrible test! I was really sweating blood at the last. Bob is such a bad driver. I sweat bullets every time I ride with him.
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sweat blood

to work very hard Some students sweat blood over their dissertation, and others write it in a couple of months.
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sweat blood

 
1. to work very hard He says that writing does not come naturally to him and he sweats blood over every sentence. I sweat blood every week just to earn enough money to feed my family.
2. to feel very worried or anxious We sweated blood as we waited for the police to phone, not knowing if Charlie was alive or dead.
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sweat blood

1. Also, sweat one's guts out. Work diligently or strenuously, as in The men were sweating blood to finish the roof before the storm hit. The phrase using guts was first used about 1890, and that with blood shortly thereafter.
2. Suffer mental anguish, worry intensely, as in Waiting for the test results, I was sweating blood. This usage was first recorded in a work by D.H. Lawrence in 1924. Both usages are colloquial, and allude to the agony of Jesus in Gethsemane (Luke 22:44): "And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground."
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sweat blood

tv. to work very hard at something; to endure distress in the process of accomplishing something. (see also piss blood.) And here I sweated blood to put you through college, and you treat me like a stranger.
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sweat blood

Informal
1. To work diligently or strenuously.
2. To worry intensely.
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The Newcastle manager has demanded that his players sweat blood for the cause and show how much they care - because he feels that will be the only way to floor title-chasing Man U.
He did not quite have to sweat blood to do the weight on Tarongo but it was the next best thing.
I asked the players to sweat blood for the cause and I got everything I wanted from them except the three points.
Psycho' (right) might be learning Italian and immersing himself in Fabio Capello's cultural makeover at Soho Square - but he would sweat blood for a major championship success with England at any level.
Gooch Onyewu has promised the Toon Army he is ready to sweat blood for the Newcastle United cause between now and the end of the campaign.
Personally, if I'd just agonised over advanced physics for two years or watched my son or daughter sweat blood to reach their grades I'd be mightily offended by the suggestion that exams were getting easier.
It's incredible that Tuesdays and Wednesdays we can put on an exhibition while on Sundays we have to sweat blood to get a win.
Mansfield, meanwhile, are one point beneath an automatic promotion place and, presumably, would sweat blood for three points.
Vogts should concentrate on players willing to sweat blood for their country - and Duncan Ferguson isn't one of them.
As we saw against Brazil on Friday night, he would sweat blood for his country.
This is a massive week and we have to sweat blood for the cause now.
McVeigh said: "Whoever pulls on that Albion Rovers jersey will sweat blood for the cause.
He still has nine minutes in hand but will have to sweat blood to avoid that gap closing significantly over the weekend as the riders are forced to negotiate eight major climbs.
Right now Cardiff need grafters, hard men who are ready to sweat blood for the team.
TELL Mr Shepherd that when I win the EuroMillions I will buy him out then I can play 11 Toon fans who will sweat blood for this club.