cold sweat

noun
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of cold sweat

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

Examples of cold sweat in a Sentence

  1. The patient feels faint and is in a cold sweat.

  2. I break out in a cold sweat when I think about asking my boss for a pay raise.

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COLD SWEAT Defined for English Language Learners

cold sweat

Definition of cold sweat for English Language Learners

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


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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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