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break a sweat

To put forth a large amount of energy or effort into or toward a task. Usually used in the negative to indicate the opposite. Likened to perspiring due to strenuous physical activity. That test was so easy, I aced it without even breaking a sweat. She didn't break a sweat becoming the district attorney.
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break ˈsweat

(British English) (American English break a ˈsweat) (informal) use a lot of physical effort: He hardly needed to break sweat to reach the final.
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For the relatively few years that I've followed their results, Villa players seem to go through the motions without ever looking like really wanting to win or even break sweat.
SHREWSBURY scarcely had to break sweat as they boosted their play-off chances with a third successive 3-0 win at Gay Meadow.
le more The six-year-old, owned by Rich Ricci (above), had beaten off Vaniteux when that rival came down at the second-last, eventually beating Sizing John by seven lengths, and shouldn't break sweat here.
SMOULDERING HOT J Supermodel Miranda Kerr MAKING IT EASY Miranda does not appear to break sweat working out
But it still seems perfectly happy not to break sweat by giving us that many laughs.
The 20-year-old French Open champion barely had to break sweat to swat aside the challenge of her opponent, a former junior world number one.
Second-half tries from Daniel Larrechea, Sebastien Bruno and Cueto's late effort, along with 10 points from the boot of Charlie Hodgson, gave the scoreline a glossy look for the home side, but in truth they never really had to break sweat.
A week on from his Irish 2,000 triumph on Indian Haven, Egan hardly had to break sweat on Dazzling Bay who picked up long-time leader Willhewiz with no difficulty inside the final furlong before easing clear.
The odds-on favourite, trained by Michael Jarvis for Nicholas Springer, never had to break sweat to justify favouritism by an easy two lengths from Compton Emperor.