Definition of cold sweat in US English:

cold sweat

noun

  • A state of sweating induced by fear, nervousness, or illness.

    ‘he used to break into a cold sweat when he was called on in class’
    • ‘A 1988 study conducted on 80 Danish naval cadets, training on the ocean, found that ginger capsules reduced symptoms of vomiting, cold sweats, nausea, and vertigo.’
    • ‘Well, Chopin was morbid; there are fevers and cold sweats in his music; it is not healthy music, and it is not to be interpreted in a robust way.’
    • ‘I awoke in a cold sweat, in a frantic panic trying to determine whether or not you had made your declaration.’
    • ‘By now I am nauseous and the appearance of my meal coincides with me breaking out in a cold sweat.’
    • ‘I would be tempted to consult a solicitor, if the thought of filling out legal aid forms did not bring me out in a cold sweat.’
    • ‘I woke up in a cold sweat when I realized it was only a dream, but in a sick kind of way it wasn't.’
    • ‘Maureen Phillips, of Trincity, who has three children, said her daughter Sian, a student of Bon Air Government School, has been experiencing cold sweats and anxiety attacks due to the exams.’
    • ‘It's hard to describe how diabetes feels but, basically, when my blood sugar is low, I get cold sweats or dizziness.’
    • ‘Two days in bed later, I'm feeling a bit better, though I'm still headachy and having cold sweats.’
    • ‘Signs of an overdose could be dizziness, upset stomach, bad headaches, vomiting, cold sweats, drooling, confusion, blurred vision, hearing problems, weakness or fainting.’
    • ‘She would cry, break into a cold sweat and suffer severe panic attacks at the gates every time she attempted to return.’
    • ‘I mistook the hot and cold sweats as simple terror at the thought of not getting around the shops in time, when in fact it was the onslaught of the nasty virus.’
    • ‘I've only just stopped waking up in a cold sweat at night, worrying about missing a hurricane on the satellite.’
    • ‘It's like a dream - the kind from which you awake bolt upright in a cold sweat.’
    • ‘As of this week, if I think something's wrong with my home internet connection, I actually break out in a cold sweat.’
    • ‘It's a fever that leaves him in a cold sweat, shaking and weak as if he's dying of some tropical disease.’
    • ‘But on Saturday, the sheer shock of winning had brought him out into a cold sweat.’
    • ‘I could feel my eyes go wide with fear, and a cold sweat was making my shirt stick to my body.’
    • ‘It is enough to induce shuddering, cold sweats in an England defence that was their weakness even before first-choice full-back Gary Neville was ruled out through injury.’
    • ‘This is the kind of announcement that gives press officers and political operatives cold sweats.’
    alarm, anxiety, nervousness, fear, fright, trepidation, dread, terror, horror, agitation, hysteria, consternation, perturbation, dismay, disquiet, apprehension, apprehensiveness
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Pronunciation

cold sweat

/ˌkōld ˈswet//ˌkoʊld ˈswɛt/