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

Those who have the infection will feel flu-like symptoms of fever, dizziness and cold sweats right away. Justine Griffin, sun-sentinel.com, "Why is flesh-eating bacteria on the rise? Some point to climate change," 26 July 2019 Those who have the infection will feel flu-like symptoms of fever, dizziness and cold sweats right away. Justine Griffin, orlandosentinel.com, "Why is flesh-eating bacteria on the rise? Some point to climate change," 26 July 2019 FlyOver won’t leave you in a cold sweat with a thumping heartbeat the way riding on the roof of a gondola might. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Things to do in Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge and other ways to scare yourself silly," 7 July 2019 That loss had already woken him up hours later in a cold sweat, brought on by the memory of Yoan Moncada’s monster home run off Shane Greene to tie the game in the bottom of the 10th. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Like it or not, extending Al Avila's contract is the right move. Here's why:," 6 July 2019 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

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1582, in the meaning defined above

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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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