sweat equity

noun

Definition of sweat equity

: equity in a property resulting from labor invested in improvements that increase its value also : the labor so invested

Examples of sweat equity in a Sentence

He's built up a lot of sweat equity in his house. He put countless hours of sweat equity into that old house.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the site, the Project Rocket 3 has been engineered for the hardest workers in the room, where innovation meets sweat equity. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Under Armour just dropped new Project Rock 3 Training shoe; Here’s how to get the PR3," 3 Sep. 2020 Once in the program, which requires three years of a stable income, participants perform 250 hours of work on home construction, known as sweat equity. jsonline.com, "‘I’m just trying to really build my roots’: At 21, Shema Mosely is one of the youngest people to qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home," 7 Aug. 2020 In the 1970s, as landlords defaulted, or torched whole neighborhoods to collect insurance payments, some working class tenants saw an opportunity and assumed community control of their buildings, owning them outright through sweat equity. Francisco Pérez, The New Republic, "The End of Housing As We Know It," 31 July 2020 Some argue that improving prison environments is a poor use of money—but the garden was supported by donors and the sweat equity of the ICIW women and our students. Popular Science, "Nature helps nurture relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children," 2 June 2020 Make this unique home your own with some sweat equity. oregonlive, "Fixer-uppers for sale in Portland: Bargains or money pits?," 9 May 2020 Each family that is going to buy a house is required to put in 300-plus sweat equity hours. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Despite coronavirus restrictions, 15 San Antonio families celebrate new Habitat for Humanity homes," 19 Apr. 2020 Like most athletes, the Spain Park senior dreamed about a championship season, even relishing the hard work and sweat equity needed by a team focused on a singular goal. Dennis Victory, al, "Seniors understand, but heartbroken as high school spring sports canceled," 27 Mar. 2020 Previously accessible only by snowcat or sweat equity (read: skinning up the hill), the 273 acres of terrain are considered some of the best in-bounds expert turf in Colorado. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, "A Rad Snowboard Park, a Throw-Pillow Throwdown, and More Things to See and Do in the West," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sweat equity

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Sweat equity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat%20equity. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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sweat equity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sweat equity

US : value in a property, business, etc., that results from the work that a person does to improve it also : the work itself

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