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.
First Known Use of cold sweat
COLD SWEAT Defined for English Language Learners
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.
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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