work up a sweat

work up a sweat

1. Literally, to perspire due to strenuous physical activity. Ping pong is actually great exercise. You really can work up a sweat after just a few games.
2. By extension, to put forth a large amount of energy or effort into or toward a task. Often used in the negative to indicate the opposite. That test was so easy, I aced it without even working up a sweat.
See also: sweat, up, work
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These two brave would-be knights don 75lb of solid steel armour to work up a sweat in a Warwickshire sauna.