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 Wirija broke out into a cold sweat and began shivering, already bracing himself for the worst. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2021 His body breaks out in a cold sweat and his armpits, now so full of hair, are clammy. Hurmat Kazmi, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2021 The guy in the song is in a cold sweat, but not like James Brown. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 21 Oct. 2021 Crack a beer, pour some ice-cold sweat tea, run some more of your homemade mop sauce through the smoke of the grill and listen up. Joseph Goodman |, al, 30 Apr. 2021 But a number of gyms are taking over rooftops, parks and empty lots to help people build up a cold sweat all winter. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2021 After all, waking up in a cold sweat after being surrounded by swarms of bugs might just be worse. Elizabeth Gulino,, 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, 18 Mar. 2020 His symptoms initially included cold sweats, body aches, shortness of breath and a dry cough. NBC News, 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of cold sweat

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cold sweat was in 1582

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12 Dec 2021

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“Cold sweat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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