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sweat blood

1. To work very intensely and diligently; to expend all of one's energy or effort doing something. We sweated blood for six months straight, but we finally got our product finished and on store shelves. My mother and father sweated blood to provide for me and all my siblings.
2. To suffer intense distress, anxiety, worry, or fear. My passport had expired just before the trip, so I was sweating blood as we went over the border into Canada. Some of these kids sweat blood every time we have to give them a test.
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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

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

INFORMAL
If you sweat blood, you work very hard to achieve something. I've been sweating blood over this report. I sweat blood to write songs with tunes that you can remember.
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sweat blood

1 make an extraordinarily strenuous effort to do something. 2 be extremely anxious. informal
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sweat ˈblood

(informal)
1 work very hard; make a very great effort: I sweated blood to get that essay finished on time.
2 be very worried or afraid: He sweats blood every time the telephone rings, in case it’s the police.
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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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sweat blood, to

To exert oneself to the utmost; also, to experience extreme worry or fright. Both usages of this slangy expression date from the late 1800s. Earlier, to sweat blood also could mean to spend money; John Dryden, among others, used it in this way in the 1600s, but this usage is obsolete. The modern meanings appear in G. S. Porter’s Harvester (1911), “He just sweat blood to pacify her, but her couldn’t make it,” and in D. H. Lawrence’s Memoirs of the Foreign Legion (1924), “I sweat blood any time somebody comes through the door.” A synonym for sweat blood in the sense of “working hard” is to sweat one’s guts out, which George Orwell used in The Road to Wigan Pier (1937): “It makes one sick to see half a dozen men sweating their guts out to a dig a trench.” A synonym for experiencing fright or anxiety is to sweat bullets, alluding to drops of sweat the size of bullets. This hyperbole dates from the mid-1900s.
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"Our defence has been together for a long time and Liverpool are going to have to sweat blood to score.
It's forgotten, and now I'm asking the lads to sweat blood whatever the result," said McParland.
Not for them pampered overnight hotel accommodation or luxury coach travel.The side that takes the field against Reading should sweat blood in giving the performance and victory that these travelling fans truly deserve.
SCOTLAND will 'sweat blood' to save Berti Vogts' job and keep their World Cup dream alive.
Vogts should concentrate on players willing to sweat blood for their country - and Duncan Ferguson isn't one of them.
Pearce (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.
The Geordie defender is renowned for showing his willingness to sweat blood for the cause in a black-and-white shirt.
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.
McVeigh said: "Whoever pulls on that Albion Rovers jersey will sweat blood for the cause.
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.
As we saw against Brazil on Friday night, he would sweat blood for his country.
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.