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cold sweat

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noun
  1. a chill accompanied by perspiration, caused by fear, nervousness, or the like.
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Origin of cold sweat

First recorded in 1700–10
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  • The announcement of this intention threw the deacon into a cold-sweat, but he did not think it prudent to say aught against it.

    The Sea Lions

    James Fenimore Cooper


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.
  1. 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

see in a cold sweat.

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