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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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``I sweated blood over every single song, but at last I am singing my own music and it will come out on an album in November called What I Meant To Say.
Mr Smith added: ``That is why I am confident that when Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram sees them he will throw them in the bin.'' He continued: ``The workforce at this site have performed miracles, they have sweated blood and they have delivered to become one of the most efficient workforces in the world.''
"I sweated blood and tears in my six years at United and I think I should be respected for that, " he added.
The former Motherwell, Leicester and Leeds star can't wait to kick a ball in earnest, having sweated blood to regain full fitness.
Bull sweated blood in his determination to sign off with a goal in the last match of the season at Molineux.
Along with Parker, Carr and Emre have sweated blood for Roeder so far in a season, which has seen United play 11 games ( five in Europe and six in the Premiership.
``He has sweated blood to put Manchester United where it is but I am disappointed to say blood is now being spilt over what is a private matter.
TO SOMEONE who sweated blood to translate Caesar's Gallic Wars back into the Latin to qualify for a grudging O-Level grade B, the current debate about standards in relation to exam results have a hollow ring.
HEARTS star Paul Hartley sweated blood and tears over nine months to savour the best season of his career.
Even talisman skipper Alan Shearer and Gary Speed, the two men who have sweated blood in United's cause this season, were verbally abused by their own fans when they went across to salute them in the Stade Velodrome.