break out in a cold sweat

break out in a cold sweat

Lit. or Fig. to become frightened or anxious and begin to sweat. I was so frightened, I broke out in a cold sweat. Larry broke out in a cold sweat when he cut his hand.
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If the idea of auditioning for one more job or summer dance program makes you break out in a cold sweat, you should know that you are not alone.