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English definition of “cold sweat”

cold sweat

noun [C]    
a state of extreme worry and fear : I break out in a cold sweat (= become extremely worried ) just thinking about public speaking .Anxiety and worry - general wordsFear and phobiasFear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words
(Definition of cold sweat noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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