sweat equity


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

Example Sentences

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 The dark age ideas of work as drudgery and sweat equity no longer hold up. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 The next two land somewhere between vast technology, sweat equity, and God (and, at this New York press screening at least, a slightly smudgy pair of 3D glasses). Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2022 The combination of touch, a quick release and sweat equity quietly molded him into one of the country’s best. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Nov. 2022 Bucknam explained how his three-person crew was able to manage their costs by minimizing overhead and using tons of sweat equity. Nick Diunte, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Jobs don’t have to be grim, humorless determination where sweat equity and burnout are emphasized over job satisfaction. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 2 June 2022 After two years of fundraising, designing and sweat equity, the monument was dedicated this year on Memorial Day. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 Before the surge, the woman born Amerylus Cooper had put days and nights of sweat equity into opening the center. Kenan Draughornestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2022 Brooks performed for about two-and-a-half hours with his band, displaying ample sweat equity on stage. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 4 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweat equity was in 1950

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“Sweat equity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat%20equity. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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