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sweat equity

unreimbursed labor that results in the increased value of property or that is invested to establish or expand an enterprise.
Origin of sweat equity
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for sweat equity
  • It is painstakingly constructed with sweat equity, vision, investment and long-term commitment.
  • Homebuyers must contribute a significant amount of sweat equity toward the construction of their homes.
  • Each family is providing sweat equity in building the project, on land donated by the city.
  • Most small business owners build their businesses through sweat equity, and you probably will, too.
Slang definitions & phrases for sweat equity


  1. To suffer; stew; cook (1610+)
  2. To work very hard and meticulously: Clinton did not sweat buckets to gain a minimum wage increase, fund extensive job training, or stop budget-busting tax breaks for the well-to-do (1592+)
  3. To interrogate a prisoner roughly: We hauled a bunch of them in, sweated them, nobody would give us anything (1764+)
Related Terms

flop sweat, in a sweat, no sweat, panther piss, pig sweat, tiger sweat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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