Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Topic Options
#6596 - 09/15/00 03:31 PM sweating bullets
apples + oranges Offline

Registered: 08/30/00
Posts: 46
Loc: Canada
I was wondering, does anybody know the origin of the phrase "sweating bullets"? I heard others use it and I've used it myself, but I've always wondered: WHY BULLETS?

"A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?" JANE WAGNER

#6597 - 09/15/00 03:44 PM Re: sweating bullets
Brandon Offline

Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 218
Loc: Mountain West, USA
the origin of the phrase "sweating bullets"

A couple of idiom dictionaries listed "sweating bullets/sweating blood." If "sweating blood" is indeed a related idiom, then we can look to (an interpretation of) the biblical account of Christ suffering in the garden for a hint of the etymology.


#6598 - 09/18/00 12:20 PM Re: sweating bullets
maverick Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/15/00
Posts: 4757
Hi a&o

(is that the opposite of ciao?)

This is suggested in blissfully partial ignorance:
sweating = operation of easing a solder or other lead-work joint
bullets = lead pellets
sweating bullets = armourers' delicate task of removing bullet from charge of heat-sensitive gunpowder.

But someone correct this...


Moderator:  Jackie 
Forum Stats
8965 Members
16 Forums
13869 Topics
222508 Posts

Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members
thedesertsimmom, LostAuthor, Joe_Lee, David_Lee, soulsurvivor
8965 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 48 Guests and 5 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
wofahulicodoc 49
LukeJavan8 37
may2point0 31
delirium 4
Curtis 1
DavidLaurence 1
Top Posters
wwh 13858
Faldage 13803
Jackie 11613
tsuwm 10538
LukeJavan8 8536
Buffalo Shrdlu 7210
wofahulicodoc 6931
AnnaStrophic 6511
Wordwind 6296
of troy 5400

Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2016 Wordsmith