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    work up a sweat - 2 meanings

    Hello everyone!

    I know that "work up a sweat" means two different things:

    1. do physical exercise or hard work that makes you sweat.
    2. put a lot of effort into something.



    I came across the following sentence on the Internet.

    They had the heating on full last week so when I started scrubbing the tiles, it only took about a minute to work up a sweat.

    I think the first meaning applies in this case.

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    Re: work up a sweat - 2 meanings

    So do I.

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    Re: work up a sweat - 2 meanings

    Me too

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    Re: work up a sweat - 2 meanings

    And I make three.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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