1. [late 18C] a form of amusement practised by such street gangs as the Mohocks, who surrounded a victim, pricking him with their swords and thus keeping him ‘dancing’ until through his exertions he had sweated sufficiently.
2. [early 17C+] a problem, a worry, a struggle, anything that works up real or fig. sweat.
3. [1960s–70s] an occupation, job.
4. see old sweat
SE in slang uses
[1940s] (US Und.) a womanizer; a dandy.
[mid–late 19C] (UK/US Und.) the board or cloth upon which three-card monte n. is played; also attrib.
see separate entry.
1. [1940s] (US Und.) the third degree n.
2. [1940s–50s] (US drugs) withdrawal from narcotics by simple abstinence.
[1960s+] (Irish) a trad. ‘after-work’ drink.
1. an exceptionally difficult student, singled out at school or college for special attention [SE hog].
2. an exceptionally unattractive woman [hog n. (5b)].
3. a sexually promiscuous woman [hog n. (5b)].
[1930s–40s] (Can./US) pancakes.
[mid-19C+] (US) a rag used for wiping the sweat from one’s eyes; thus, a handkerchief.
1. [1940s–50s] (US drugs) a room (in jail or hospital) in which a narcotic addict is confined during withdrawal [SE sweat + room].
2. [1960s+] (US Und.) a room in a police station where suspects are interrogated and/or beaten up [sweat v.2 (2) + SE room].
see sweat board
[1960s] a stressful situation.
[1950s+] (orig. US) no problem; don’t worry; it’s all right.
[1930s+] (orig. US) no problem, no worries; of no importance.
1. [1910s+] (orig. milit.) any veteran.
2. [1990s+] (Irish) an old friend.
extremely valued, worth a great deal of effort, usu. in negative.