cold sweat


Definition of 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.
Recent Examples on the Web After all, waking up in a cold sweat after being surrounded by swarms of bugs might just be worse. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Dreaming Of Bugs? You’re Not Alone," 1 June 2020 In his daily video updates, Mr. Suarez, 42, described having a mix of symptoms including congestion, aches and cold sweats. New York Times, "Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 His symptoms initially included cold sweats, body aches, shortness of breath and a dry cough. NBC News, "Inmates fear death as Ohio prison is overwhelmed by coronavirus," 29 Apr. 2020 Lightheadedness and breaking out in a cold sweat are also potential symptoms, the AHA says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why Heart Attack Symptoms Can Be So Hard to Spot in Women," 14 Feb. 2020 Green Bay will host Seattle on Sunday in an NFC Divisional Round playoff game, and that means Packers fans still reeling from the NFC Championship loss in Seattle in 2015 are breaking out in a cold sweat. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the ways fans coped with the 2015 NFC Championship loss, but was it even the worst sporting event of the year?," 7 Jan. 2020 Throughout the ’60s and early-’70s, there wasn’t a single hotel manager in the world who didn’t break into a cold sweat at the slightest mention of The Who. Phil Boucher,, "Pete Townshend: I Hated The Who's Rock 'n' Roll Carnage — but It Made Us Famous," 4 Nov. 2019 Our two boys piled into our bed, and all four of us endured 90 minutes of empathetic cold sweats and forearm cramps as Alex Honnold climbed 3,000 feet up El Capitan without ropes. Jacob Baynham, Outside Online, "Making Your Kids Uncomfortable Is a Good Thing," 1 Nov. 2019 Those who have the infection will feel flu-like symptoms of fever, dizziness and cold sweats right away. Justine Griffin,, "Why is flesh-eating bacteria on the rise? Some point to climate change," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of cold sweat

1582, in the meaning defined above

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“Cold sweat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cold sweat

: a condition in which someone is sweating and feeling cold at the same time because of fear, illness, etc.

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Medical Definition of cold sweat

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

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