sweat bullets


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sweat bullets

To suffer intense distress, anxiety, worry, or fear. My passport had expired just before the trip, so I was sweating bullets as we went over the border into Canada. Some of these kids sweat bullets every time we have to give them a test.
See also: bullet, sweat

sweat bullets

Perspire profusely; also, suffer mental anguish. For example, We were sweating bullets, sitting in the sun through all those graduation speeches, or It was their first baby, and David was sweating bullets while Karen was in labor. The bullets in this expression allude to drops of perspiration the size of bullets. [Slang; mid-1900s]
See also: bullet, sweat

sweat bullets

be extremely anxious or nervous. North American informal
See also: bullet, sweat

sweat bullets

tv. to suffer about something; to be anxious or nervous about something; to sweat blood. The kid sat in the waiting room, sweating bullets while the surgeons worked on his brother.
See also: bullet, sweat

sweat bullets

Slang
1. To sweat profusely.
2. To worry intensely.
See also: bullet, sweat
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In every fiscal cycle, both cities' budget committees sweat bullets trying to find such amounts for important public services.
The recommendations, each of which is spared a few pages of discussion, include "Don't be a Wealth Wannabe", a warning against getting sucked into false moneymaking schemes such as pyramid scandals or dubious popular real estate trends; "Know Your Customer Better", an encouragement to focus on what the customer needs and stay in a positive mindframe rather than focus on one's own shortcomings; and "Open an Easy-Earned Money Account", which suggests creating a bank account solely for the money one didn't have to sweat bullets to obtain, and use that money to pay for guilt-free luxuries.
It may sound like a made-up scenario (when was the last time travelers could show up at the airport a half-hour before their flights and not sweat bullets?), but it isn't.
During 100-degree Austin heat, he and his teammates sweat bullets preparing for Competition in the upcoming Games.