break a sweat

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break a sweat

  1. To start sweating.
    • 2001, Karon Karter, The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Pilates Method, page 119
      Are you feeling stronger and more energetic, and even—dare I say it—breaking a sweat? No, not a pink-faced, dripping sweat; nevertheless, a little dewy under the arms and around your forehead
    • 2008, The Age, January, "Walkovers blaze a trail for women's equal-pay theory"
      Consider, for instance, that Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Marat Safin and even the supposedly out-of-sorts Lleyton Hewitt all won the opening set of their first-round matches 6-0 before barely breaking a sweat in the two sets that followed.
  2. (idiomatic) To put effort into something.
    He succeeded effortlessly, without breaking a sweat.