break out in a cold sweat

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break out in a cold sweat

To begin sweating because one is nervous or frightened. Any time I have to get blood drawn, I break out in a cold sweat the minute I get to the doctor's office. I used to be terrified of driving, but now I can get behind the wheel without breaking out in a cold sweat!
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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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