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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
  • He could stand and move without breaking out in a cold sweat.

    The Circuit Riders R. C. FitzPatrick
  • He spat blood, and a cold sweat broke out on his low forehead.

  • His face and hands were covered with a cold sweat; his forehead and finger-tips were icy.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • 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
  • At these words, the Jew felt a cold sweat freeze even his bones.

    The Pearl of Lima Jules Verne
  • A cold sweat ran down his forehead that waxed livid by the second.

    The Infant's Skull Eugne Sue
  • My brow was covered with a cold sweat and my knees were trembling.

    Mauprat George Sand
British Dictionary definitions for cold sweat

cold sweat

noun
1.
(informal) a bodily reaction to fear or nervousness, characterized by chill and moist skin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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