by the sweat of one's brow

Definition of by the sweat of one's brow

  1. :  by doing hard, physical work He earned his money by the sweat of his brow.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands :  perspire

    :  to labor or exert oneself so as to cause perspiration

    :  to emit or exude moisture

  1. :  hard work :  drudgery

    :  the fluid excreted from the sweat glands of the skin :  perspiration

    :  moisture issuing from or gathering in drops on a surface

  1. :  eyebrow

    :  forehead

    :  the projecting upper part or margin of a steep place

  1. :  gangplank

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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