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I listen to my fair share of Hip-Hop but I'm still not sure what * exactly* it means for a guy to be " sweating" on a girl or vice-versa.

I had a look on Urban Dictionary but couldn't really find anything that fits.

So what does it mean to be "sweating" on someone?

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  • Do you have any context? I would assume that it means having a crush on somebody, being infatuated, caring, falling in love, etc. You might consider looking the specific song up on rapgenius.com though. Jul 3, 2014 at 16:55
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    It's probably an extension from to sweat [on something] = to worry [about it]. As applied to a guy and a girl, that he cares about here. Jul 3, 2014 at 16:59
  • @FumbleFingers Agreed. Jul 3, 2014 at 16:59

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From this list of slang usages...

Sweating - constantly after a girl or boy you want and making it extremely obvious.
(stop sweating her already damn)

I think I can safely say the usage isn't particularly common with this specific sense. But it's easy enough to see how it would arise from...

sweat
5. Informal a.) To work long and hard. b.) To suffer much, as for a misdeed.
6. Informal To fret or worry.
10. Informal To fret or worry about: Don't sweat the details.

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  • Quick add: There's a connotation to "sweating on" that also implies uncomfortable closeness.
    – wordsmythe
    Jul 3, 2014 at 17:57
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I would understand 'sweating on someone' to mean that one is literally perspiring on another; it certainly doesn't have any commonly understood idiomatic meaning that I'm aware of. If you're looking for meaning beyond the literal interpretation than you would need to provide a quote, or some other type of context from which we could derive additional meaning.

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To drip sweat on them, perhaps.

I jest. It means that the person is 'hot' for the woman - sexually aroused by them. In this case, they happen to be so 'hot' (sexually) on the person that the metaphor is extended to say that they are dripping sweat (figuratively).

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