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 Nearly 50 years later, the soundtrack is still soaked in flop sweat. Stephen Deusner, SPIN, 22 Jan. 2024 Anything more than two sounds like there’s some kind of strange flop sweat happening. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 Quaid personifies flop sweat as White, a Louisiana pharmacist who brings his brother Jeff (Rice) along on his pilot lesson — to heckle him, apparently — before the two of them, aided by his wife Terri’s (Graham) sauce, take first prize in a barbecue cook-off. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 6 Apr. 2023 Time to deck the halls with angst and flop sweat! San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Dec. 2021 A lot of that confidence melted into flop sweat during the celebrity interviews. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 20 June 2021 Not the brilliant but marginalized borderline personality so popular in today’s television, but the real deal, a creature held together by flop sweat, desperate cunning and doggedly delusional ambition. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 In the lead-up to Sunday’s 94th Oscars ceremony on ABC, there’s been all kinds of panicked flop sweat about dwindling audience numbers and reversing the trend. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Drenched with flop sweat, a despondent Cruz left the Senate and immediately started packing his rolling bag for Cancun, hoping that a few days on the beach in Mexico would leave him refreshed and ready to pursue a new line of attack against Jackson. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flop sweat was in 1947

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“Flop sweat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flop%20sweat. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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