I shudder to think

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I shudder to think

It is too worrying or unpleasant for me to think about something that might happen or might have happened. I shudder to think what my boss will say when I tell him I lost our biggest client.
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I shudder/dread to ˈthink (how, what, etc....)

(informal, often humorous) I am afraid to think or ask myself about something, because the answer might be terrible or unpleasant: I shudder to think when he last had a bath.‘How much more work is there?’ ‘I dread to think!’
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I shudder to think what will happen when she puts her hair up.
But you--I shudder to think what you would have been-- a curate in debt for horse-hire and cambric pocket-handkerchiefs
She used all her persuasions, but could not shake him; he said his belief was firm, that if he should sleep there he would wake no more for fifty years, and it made him shudder to think of it.
I shudder to think how close was the chance at that.
What the rent of apartments must have been twenty years ago makes one shudder to think of.
It makes me shudder to think what it must be made of.
Of course we will win, but I shudder to think of it.
Without my hobbies, I shudder to think what might become of me.
His bloated body and shrunken legs--their deformity enhanced a hundredfold by the fantastic dress--the glassy eyes, contrasting fearfully with the thick white paint with which the face was besmeared; the grotesquely-ornamented head, trembling with paralysis, and the long skinny hands, rubbed with white chalk--all gave him a hideous and unnatural appearance, of which no description could convey an adequate idea, and which, to this day, I shudder to think of.
IF HOLD the Sunset was the comedy that finally lured John Cleese back to the BBC then I shudder to think of the quality of scripts that he was sent previously.
If Dave Pithie thinks that this is a good track record then I shudder to think what a bad one is.
The press/media in Wales or anywhere in UK have their failings on many points, but I shudder to think what this country would be without a free speech newspaper or media channels with no censorships or government interference.
He said: "I actually shudder to think what would happen if any incident happened and we didn't have a 24/7 A&E when the big events in Southport like the flower show, the air show and the musical fireworks take place.
I shudder to think what the newspapers I worked on would have been like if the publisher also had been the editor.
I shudder to think the Americans electing a man like Donald Trump to the Oval.