make (one's) blood run cold

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make (one's) blood run cold

To cause one to feel frightened or unnerved. The screams coming from the old, dark house made my blood run cold. That gruesome scene in the new horror movie made our blood run cold.
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make someone's blood run cold

Fig. to shock or horrify someone. The terrible story in the newspaper made my blood run cold. I could tell you things about prisons that would make your blood run cold.
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make one's blood run cold

Also, freeze one's blood. Cause one to shiver from fright or horror, as in The radiator's clanking at night made George's blood run cold, or Movies about vampires always freeze my blood. [Early 1800s] Also see make one's flesh creep.
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make your blood run cold

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make your blood freeze

If something makes your blood run cold or makes your blood freeze, it frightens or shocks you very much. The rage in his eyes made her blood run cold. It makes my blood run cold to think what this poor, helpless child must have gone through. Note: You can also simply say that your blood runs cold or your blood freezes. Then his blood froze. For there in the crowd was the one face he didn't want to see. Note: You can use blood-freezing before a noun, to say that something is extremely frightening or shocking. It's a blood-freezing image of corrupted innocence. Note: In medieval times, some people believed that certain emotions changed the temperature of the blood.
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make your blood run cold

horrify you.
The previous three phrases all come from the medieval physiological scheme of the four humours in the human body (melancholy, phlegm, blood, and choler). Under this scheme blood was the hot, moist element, so the effect of horror or fear in making the blood run cold or curdling (solidifying) it was to make it unable to fulfil its proper function of supplying the body with vital heat or energy. The blood boiling was a supposedly dangerous overreaction to strong emotion.
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References in classic literature ?
he asked in a tone that ought to have made my blood run cold.
It made his blood run cold when he began to think of all these details.
Ned Land had a way of saying "seize" which made my blood run cold.
Why, look'ere;" and turning down his stocking he showed me a great, raw, red wound that made my blood run cold.
I protest you have made my blood run cold with the very mentioning the top of that mountain; which seems to me to be one of the highest in the world.
At these words the officer felt his blood run cold, as somehow or other he was convinced that the prisoner was lost.
Noirtier answered only by a look which made Villefort's blood run cold.
Gabriel started up, and stood rooted to the spot with astonishment and terror; for his eyes rested on a form that made his blood run cold.
It kinder makes my blood run cold to think of 't; and when they carried off the child, and locked her up, she jest went ravin' mad, and died in a week.
Can you remember those glorious days of fresh young manhood--how, when coming home along the moonlit road, we felt too full of life for sober walking, and had to spring and skip, and wave our arms, and shout till belated farmers' wives thought--and with good reason, too--that we were mad, and kept close to the hedge, while we stood and laughed aloud to see them scuttle off so fast and made their blood run cold with a wild parting whoop, and the tears came, we knew not why?
Just as I was beginning to hope that the mate would come out calmer, for I heard him knocking away at something in the hold, and work is good for him, there came up the hatchway a sudden, startled scream, which made my blood run cold, and up on the deck he came as if shot from a gun, a raging madman, with his eyes rolling and his face convulsed with fear.
I was on the threshold of great things,' he pleaded, in a voice of longing, with a wistfulness of tone that made my blood run cold.
Every sound startled them, even that of their own footsteps among the dry leaves, and the hooting of a screech owl, from the shattered chimney of the neighboring ruin, made their blood run cold.
THE killing fields of Kosovo revealed more horrors that made the blood run cold yesterday.
Every member of their family made my blood run cold.