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sweat something out
1. Lit. to get rid of something in one's body by sweating. I have a bit of a cold, and I am going to try to sweat it out. I took a steamy shower, trying to sweat out my cold.
2. Fig. to endure something unpleasant. It was an ordeal, but I sweated it out. I managed to sweat out the exam.
3. Fig. to endure suspense about something. She sweated the two-hour wait out until she heard the results of her bar exams. Karen sweated out the long wait peacefully.
sweat out somethingalso sweat it out
to anxiously wait for something I sent in my application and now I have to sweat out the two months until I get an answer. We really had to sweat it out because it wasn't clear until the end that we would actually win.
Endure or await something anxiously, as in He sweated out that last final exam, or I don't know if I made the team-I'm still sweating it out. This idiom, often expanded to sweat it out, was first recorded in 1876.
1. To endure something anxiously: I sweated out a three-hour history exam. We sweated the week out, wondering if the police would find us.
2. To await something anxiously: I've been sweating out my final grades all week. The patient was sweating the test results out in the waiting room.
3. To purge the body of some liquid by sweating: I just sweated all the water out that I drank today. They are in the sauna trying to sweat out the booze.