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cold sweat

noun
1.
a chill accompanied by perspiration, caused by fear, nervousness, or the like.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10
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Examples from the web for cold sweat
  • When it comes to the art of war, it's army ants that will make you break into a cold sweat.
  • Your hands tremble, your pulse races, a cold sweat spreads across your back.
  • And then, finally, the politicians wake up late one night in a cold sweat.
  • Financial supervisors tend to be sober and calm, but that tale ought to bring any half-competent regulator out in a cold sweat.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  • Napoleon is said to have broken into a cold sweat at the sight of one.
  • At this, the manager breaks into a cold sweat, and no wonder.
  • He now knew how to restrain his fears to a twitchy eyelid or an icy-cold sweat.
  • May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
British Dictionary definitions for cold sweat

cold sweat

noun
1.
(informal) a bodily reaction to fear or nervousness, characterized by chill and moist skin
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cold sweat in Medicine

cold sweat n.
A reaction to nervousness, fear, pain, or shock, characterized by simultaneous perspiration and chill and cold moist skin.

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cold sweat

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