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verb sweat pronunciation in American English /swet/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesweating
past tensesweated
past participlesweated
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to produce liquid on the surface of your skin when you are hot, nervous, or sick

    She could feel the palms of her hands sweating.

    sweat profusely (=sweat a lot):

    The actors sweated profusely under the spotlights.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to feel very nervous or worried

    Don’t tell him straightaway – let him sweat for a while.

    1. a.
      [transitive] informal to worry too much about something in particular

      There’s no need to sweat all the details.

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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