cold sweat

noun

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

Many struggle with depression, chronic anxieties and cold sweats. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Foxconn's promised jobs boom could miss neighboring city Racine," 6 Apr. 2018 The team decided to go offense with Williams and helped shore up the offensive line because owner Jerry Jones and the entire organization still wakes up in cold sweats over the 27-7 loss to the Falcons on Nov. 12, 2017. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Connor Williams’ dream come true was born out of Cowboys’ nightmare in Atlanta | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Apr. 2018 More subtle signs include nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness and breaking out in a cold sweat. NBC News, "What is a heart attack? The symptoms you need to know," 12 Apr. 2018 Asking for a raise at work is enough to send anybody into a cold sweat. Johnny C. Taylor, USA TODAY, "Ask HR: How do I ask for a raise? And what to do about ageism," 10 Apr. 2018 This choke point can put commuters into a cold sweat of dashboard-pounding rage. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "My 450-Mile Canoe Trip," 16 Mar. 2018 My main goal is to help educate others on the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, which include discomfort in the chest or other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness or a cold sweat. Stephanie Schick, Philly.com, "After fiancee's sudden heart attack, she's taking small steps to improve her health," 7 Mar. 2018 Elgort is tormented on the track, waking up in cold sweats, his mind racing with regrets. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Ansel Elgort Sweats Bad Love in 'Supernova': Watch," 12 Jan. 2018 A few of the typical signs include irritability, nervousness or anxiety, shakiness, hunger, cold sweats, and an increased heartbeat. Amy Capetta, SELF, "A BBC News Anchor Describes What It Was Like to Have a Hypoglycemic Attack Live On Air," 18 Dec. 2017

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cold sweat

noun

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.

cold sweat

noun

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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