break a sweat

idiom

US
: to begin to sweat
He started running and soon broke a sweat.
He loaded all five boxes without breaking a sweat.
often used figuratively to say that something is not hard for someone to do
He gave a perfect performance and didn't break a sweat.

Examples of break a sweat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Golden Boy doesn't break a sweat… pummeling his opponent to the dirt and ripping the arms off his body. Alex Raiman, EW.com, 29 Sep. 2023 What was the easiest way to break a sweat without overstressing your already-beleaguered mind and body? Ashley Mateo, SELF, 31 Oct. 2023 Just a couple of offensive possessions to break a sweat and reacclimate with NFL game speed. Dan Wiederer, Chicago Tribune, 12 Aug. 2023 Or break a sweat in non-sauna form: Play tennis, paddle tennis, or squash; conquer the climbing wall; ace a serve on the beach volleyball court; or simply go for a run around your beautiful environs. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2023 The sleek minimalist fixtures, the tables made out of reclaimed wood, the team of chefs who seem to never break a sweat in the open kitchen—this restaurant seems to have considered every detail. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 Platt, however, was more than prepared and did not break a sweat during the game. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 17 July 2023 Only the windshield wipers seemed to break a sweat in the conditions. Dan Carney, Popular Science, 5 July 2023 For starters, Jenna is a pro dancer and loves connecting with her dancing roots to break a sweat. Sabrina Talbert, Women's Health, 9 June 2023 See More

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“Break a sweat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/break%20a%20sweat. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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