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cold sweat

noun
1.
a chill accompanied by perspiration, caused by fear, nervousness, or the like.
Origin of cold sweat
1700-1710
1700-10
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  • “But it is a mistake,” cried Don Cornelio, rubbing the cold sweat from his forehead.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • I sank upon the steps; every pore in my body was a fountain of cold sweat: "Have whom?"

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • He spat blood, and a cold sweat broke out on his low forehead.

  • Then he fell back on his bed, unable to speak or to move, and covered with a cold sweat.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • He felt a cold sweat down his back, and was seized with a dull and violent rage, the anger of weakness.

    The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8) Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
  • There was a prickling at the base of my scalp and I was drenched with cold sweat.

    The Man the Martians Made Frank Belknap Long
  • A cold sweat ran down his forehead that waxed livid by the second.

    The Infant's Skull Eugne Sue
  • Beads of cold sweat were gathering and running down his drawn face.

    Out of the Depths Robert Ames Bennet
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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Idioms and Phrases with cold sweat

cold sweat

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