cold sweats

cold sweat

noun
a chill accompanied by perspiration, caused by fear, nervousness, or the like.

Origin:
1700–10

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cold sweat
 
n
informal a bodily reaction to fear or nervousness, characterized by chill and moist skin

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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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