cold sweat


noun

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

Nearby words

  1. cold stage,
  2. cold start,
  3. cold steel,
  4. cold storage,
  5. cold store,
  6. cold tone,
  7. cold turkey,
  8. cold type,
  9. cold ulcer,
  10. cold wall effect

Origin of cold sweat

First recorded in 1700–10

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Examples from the Web for cold sweat

  • 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

informal a bodily reaction to fear or nervousness, characterized by chill and moist skin
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Medicine definitions for cold sweat

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

see in a cold sweat.

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