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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cold sweat

see in a cold sweat.

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Example sentences
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.
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