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#6596 - 09/15/00 07:31 PM sweating bullets  
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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?

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#6597 - 09/15/00 07:44 PM Re: sweating bullets  
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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.

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#6598 - 09/18/00 04:20 PM Re: sweating bullets  
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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...



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