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Sweating

The act or practice of removing gold or some other precious metal from a coin. This has occurred since Roman times. When coins derive their value from the intrinsic value of the metals, sweating has been known to cause significant inflation.
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But further precaution was still due to the sweat of this honest fellow's brow.
Don't do nothing to keep back from a honest man the fruits of the sweat of his brow!
I was so troubled in my mind, that I wouldn't have knowed more, no, not for the sum as I expect to earn from you by the sweat of my brow, twice told!
'So I made up my mind to get my trouble off my mind, and to earn by the sweat of my brow what was held out to me.
But the fact is, that the stomach of poor Sancho was of necessity not so delicate as that of his master, and so, before vomiting, he was seized with such gripings and retchings, and such sweats and faintness, that verily and truly be believed his last hour had come, and finding himself so racked and tormented he cursed the balsam and the thief that had given it to him.
He sweated and perspired with such paroxysms and convulsions that not only he himself but all present thought his end had come.
And as he gazed upon the yellow lure, and panted for air, and wiped the sweat away, his quick vision leaped and set to work.
Sweat poured down their faces, and the very high collars of the young men grew limp.
He felt that the mare was at her very last reserve of strength; not her neck and shoulders merely were wet, but the sweat was standing in drops on her mane, her head, her sharp ears, and her breath came in short, sharp gasps.
And sweated on the mill: But in the heart of every man
That he gave that bitter cry, And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats,
I sweated out my thousand words a day, every day, except when the shock of fever smote me, or a couple of nasty squalls smote the Snark, in the morning.