sweat blood


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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.
See also: blood, sweat
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In away games, coming here, you need to sweat blood, and he certainly did that.
BAYER LEVERKUSEN star Roque Junior has warned Liverpool they will have to sweat blood to score against his side in the Champions League.
Their ultimate reliance on Our Lord to sustain them will give them the courage to overcome fear as He overcame the terrible fear which caused Him to sweat blood.
We tried to stick to home- grown talent and are only interested in people ready to sweat blood for Cliftonville and Marty has made it work.
Freed Ayr United skipper Ronnie Coyle has vowed to sweat blood to find a new club - for the sake of his sick son.
It's forgotten, and now I'm asking the lads to sweat blood whatever the result," said McParland.
It's the biggest battle, we must sweat blood for the team and put bodies on the line.
The players have told me they will treat it like the final itself and they are ready to sweat blood to eliminate Liverpool.
And what joy there is lies in watching the anti-hero sweat blood and tears to continually pull the wool over the eyes of the establishment, side-stepping exposure at the very last second by spinning an even greater web of lies.
Of course there are plenty of players who sweat blood for thecause but they are getting fewer by the season.
The side that takes the field against Reading should sweat blood in giving the performance and victory that these travelling fans truly deserve.
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.