in a sweat

in a sweat

In a state of fear, anxiety, or worry; feeling very nervous or frightened. The very thought of having to get up in front of an entire audience brought me out in a sweat. My boss is in a sweat because the IRS has been asking questions about our recent finances.
See also: sweat
References in classic literature ?
After supper she got out her book and learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that Moses had been dead a considerable long time; so then I didn't care no more about him, because I don't take no stock in dead people.