cold sweat


: concurrent perspiration and chill usually associated with fear, pain, or shock

Examples of cold sweat in a Sentence

The patient feels faint and is in a cold sweat. I break out in a cold sweat when I think about asking my boss for a pay raise.
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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cold sweat was in 1582

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Cite this Entry

“Cold sweat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

cold sweat

: perspiration and chill occurring together and usually associated with fear, pain, or shock

Medical Definition

cold sweat

: perspiration accompanied by feelings of chill or cold and usually induced or accompanied by dread, fear, or shock

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