chill (one) to the bone

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chill (one) to the bone

1. To make or be very cold. In this usage, a pronoun does not have to be used between "chill" and "to." After shoveling snow for hours, I am just chilled to the bone. The wind from the mountain chilled us to the bone.
2. To become very scared. In this usage, a pronoun is usually used between "chill" and "to." The sight of blood just chills me to the bone.
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chilled to the bone

Of a person, very cold. After shoveling snow for hours, I am just chilled to the bone.
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*chilled to the bone

Fig. very cold. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I got chilled to the bone in that snowstorm. The children were chilled to the bone from their swim in the ocean.
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chilled to the bone

Also, chilled to the marrow. Extremely or bitterly cold, as in After skiing in the wind for five hours straight, I was chilled to the bone. These hyperboles replaced the earlier idea of one's blood freezing and are more picturesque than the current synonym frozen.
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Few recollections of childhood bring a chill to the bone quite like those summer holidays spent crammed in a tent with your family, suffering the whims of the British weather.
Burton doesn't shy away from the violence and if the copious bloodletting doesn't chill to the bone, then the sound of the bodies hitting a stone floor head first with a stomach-churning crunch certainly will.
Burton doesn't shy away from the violence, and if the copious bloodletting doesn't chill to the bone, then the sound of the bodies hitting a stone floor head first with a stomach-churning crunch certainly will.
The film was also beautifully shot, in subzero weather, on a Sony Vericam whose crisp winter images chill to the bone -- and put the muddled visuals of the similarly chilly, much more costly "X-Files" movie to shame.
Summers can be unbearably hot with temperatures touching 40 deg C, but winter winds can chill to the bone during the cold season from November to February.
THE events of September 11 still chill to the bone, and some of the images from that fateful day will live long in the memory.
But FC Porto's Brazilian superstar has issued a message to chill to the bone everyone in Manchester United colours tonight.
Because we now know the President has joined, beware of the following words, which will send a chill to the bone of anyone who might read them: "George W Bush and Tony Blair are now friends".
Summers can be unbearably hot with temperatures touching 40 degrees Celsius, but winter winds can chill to the bone during the cold season from November to February.