flop sweat

noun

Definition of flop sweat

: nervous sweat (as of a performer) caused especially by the fear of failing

Examples of flop sweat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pool parties reek of sunscreen, alcohol and the flop sweat of anxiety. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2019 The political flop sweat that Trump was trying to mop up on Monday is a sure small sign of the coming deluge. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 9 July 2019 B&B’s brisket walked the occasional line between hard-core smoked beef with a stegosaurus ridge of crunchy bark and wilted roast beef with the flop sweats. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, 13 June 2019 The flop sweat had already created a receptive environment for park detritus, thus ending any chance of salvaging my work shirt. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, 22 June 2018 No punchline follows for Judd Apatow, just the chance to reconnect with a youthful dream of excelling at one of entertainment’s riskiest ventures: Revealing yourself to an audience and praying for laughs, not flop sweat. Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of flop sweat

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Flop sweat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop%20sweat. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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