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sweat it out
To endure or await something that makes one feel nervous, anxious, or distressed. They said they would call me today to let me know if I got the job, so I've been sweating it out since I woke up.
1. To expel a harmful substance through one's sweat. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sweat" and "out." I'm trying to sweat the alcohol from last night out by going for a run this morning. You should spend some time in the sauna. It's a great way to sweat out toxins.
2. To endure or await something that makes one feel nervous, anxious, or distressed. A noun or pronoun (often "it") can be used between "sweat" and "out." They said they would call me today to let me know if I got the job, so I've been sweating it out since I woke up. I sweated out the police's interrogation without saying a word.
sweat something out
1. Lit. to get rid of something in one's body by sweating. I have a bit of a cold, and I am going to try to sweat it out. I took a steamy shower, trying to sweat out my cold.
2. Fig. to endure something unpleasant. It was an ordeal, but I sweated it out. I managed to sweat out the exam.
3. Fig. to endure suspense about something. She sweated the two-hour wait out until she heard the results of her bar exams. Karen sweated out the long wait peacefully.
Endure or await something anxiously, as in He sweated out that last final exam, or I don't know if I made the team-I'm still sweating it out. This idiom, often expanded to sweat it out, was first recorded in 1876.
sweat it out1 endure an unpleasant experience, typically one involving extreme physical exertion in great heat. 2 wait in a state of extreme anxiety for something to happen or be resolved. informal
sweat it ˈout(informal) suffer an unpleasant situation; wait for something unpleasant to end: I hate this job, but I’m going to sweat it out and hope something better comes along. ♢ After the competition we just had to sit there and sweat it out until the result was announced.
1. To endure something anxiously: I sweated out a three-hour history exam. We sweated the week out, wondering if the police would find us.
2. To await something anxiously: I've been sweating out my final grades all week. The patient was sweating the test results out in the waiting room.
3. To purge the body of some liquid by sweating: I just sweated all the water out that I drank today. They are in the sauna trying to sweat out the booze.
sweat something out
tv. to wait out something; to fret and worry until the end of something. You’ll just have to sweat it out. There’s no way to hurry it up.