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    checking of a few sentences

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to share with me your opinion concerning the feasibility of the following sentences?

    I achieved my wish with great difficulty and by the sweat of my brow.

    by the sweat of my brow = by working very hard

    I broke out into a sweat.

    break out = develop suddenly and forcefully

    break into sweat = break into perspiration

    I was in a cold sweat in the hot summer night.

    cold sweat = the physical condition of concurrent perspiration and chill; associated with fear

    A lot of sweat went into that job.

    a lot of sweat = stacks of dirthy work

    The job is a frightful sweat.

    frightful sweat = hard work

    He was an old sweat.

    old sweat = veteran, old campanier, old war-horse,

    We have to sweat it out. endure to the end.

    sweat it out = endure to the end

    He shall sweat for it.

    You will sweat for it.

    will sweat for it (this) = be sorry about, pay a high price for it (this)

    He is dripping with sweat.

    A good sweat will care your cold.

    The drink was so cold that there immediately appeared sweat on the glass.

    I can’t stand the sweat of it.

    I sweat to think of it.

    It is necessary to sweat him.

    I sweated my shirt.

    He is sweating his cold.

    I have to sweat him from my heart.

    I’ll sweat the money out of him.

    I sweated my guts out.

    I sweated my guts out = I was dead beat with work

    The long hot climb made him sweat.

    The doctor sweated his patient.

    Don’t sweat your horse! (don’t spur your horse!)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 29-Oct-2009 at 12:20.

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    Re: checking of a few sentences

    I've never heard he was an old sweat before. Also, I was dead beat with work doesn't sound right. Either dead or beat, but not dead beat, which has a different meaning, that of someone who never works.

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    Re: checking of a few sentences

    Hi conungursvia,

    Here are a few words concerning the usage of the term “old sweat”:

    old sweat definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta

    Richard Frank was a British soldier, an old-sweat reservist who was recalled to the colours in August 1914, serving throughout the war on the Western Front in the 2 nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, never rising above the rank of private.

    Thank you for your explanation of the connotation of the term “deadbeat”. I had the mistaken notion that deadbeat with = get exhausted with = done up with = drop with fatigue. I took a first-hand look at the link Deadbeat parent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    Thank you again for your backing.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 29-Oct-2009 at 23:42.

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