Idiom "sweat bullets"-----influence of German?

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Sep 3 04:02:01 UTC 2006

On 9/2/06, Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at> wrote:
> >A NewspaperArchive cite from 1936 is available.  So that takes out the
> >probability of a US soldier from WWII.
> And the way it was used in 1936 was the same as the modern way, without
> explanation or quotation marks, suggesting that it was already widely
> recognizable.

"Sweating bullets" is also listed, without a gloss, in:

"Proverbs and Proverbial Expressions Current in the United States East
of the Missouri and North of the Ohio Rivers" by Margaret Hardie
_American Speech_ Vol. 4, No. 6 (Aug. 1929), p. 471

--Ben Zimmer

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