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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
First recorded in 1700-10
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  • I sank upon the steps; every pore in my body was a fountain of cold sweat: "Have whom?"

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

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • 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
  • Charles hesitated, while a cold sweat ran from his forehead.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • Beads of cold sweat were gathering and running down his drawn face.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Roger jumped to his feet, the cold sweat starting from his forehead.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • The trembling passed, and he broke out into a cold sweat of fear.

    The Borough Treasurer Joseph Smith Fletcher
  • I was so afraid to breathe; the cold sweat started on my forehead.

    The Blunders of a Bashful Man Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
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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