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Re: Sweating bullets

Posted by Steve E on July 21, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Sweating bullets posted by Bob on July 20, 2005

: : : : In following discussion :
: : : : So after eyeballing my hard drive, my friend the computer geek knew immediately that I had lost all my files! There was nothing left! I started sweating bullets because I knew I had to create the illustrations again from scratch
: : : : what is the meaning of sweating bullets ? Does it means be very worried be nervous ?

: : : Yes. Very nervous. It makes me think of a cartoon image sweating "bullets."
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: : : http://www.cardmine.co.uk/list24/a240601.jpg
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: : Yes, nervousness with a touch of dread. I can only imagine the answer to "why bullets?" But there is possibly an implication the bullets you are sweating are an omen. In any case, I was one of the faithful viewers of the TV series "Sweating Bullets" (1991-93), which combined action/adventure, pretty girls, and a tropical locale. Lots of guns, lots of danger, sinister strangers all around. It's a common enough phrase, but I've not found anyone to tell me why bullets. SS

: Beads of sweat the size of bullets, I'd guess.

I agree with Bob--that has been my understanding of the phrase.