cold sweat

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  1. a chill accompanied by perspiration, caused by fear, nervousness, or the like.

Origin of cold sweat

First recorded in 1700–10

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British Dictionary definitions for cold sweat

cold sweat

  1. informal a bodily reaction to fear or nervousness, characterized by chill and moist skin

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Other Idioms and Phrases with cold sweat

cold sweat

see in a cold sweat.

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