chilled 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 cause one to be very scared. In this usage, a pronoun is usually used between "chill" and "to." The sight of blood just chills me to the bone.
See also: bone, chill

chilled to the bone

Of a person, very cold. After shoveling snow for hours, I am just chilled to the bone.
See also: bone, chill

*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.
See also: bone, chill

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.
See also: bone, chill
References in classic literature ?
Some time during the night I woke up chilled to the bone and in the dark.
THE DAUGHTER [in the space between the central pillars, close to the one on her left] I'm getting chilled to the bone.
He did not remember anything, but he did not think it strange to find himself on the sofa in his cloak and chilled to the bone.
I was cramped by my position and chilled to the bones.
I was chilled to the bone when I heard the service was being cut back.
Kit Harington looks chilled to the bone in his winter furs as Jon Snow, who faces a revolt that could undermine fragile plans to reclaim control of Westeros.
We were chilled to the bone by wind speeds that can go up to 158km per hour and bring the temperature ten degrees below what it is at the base of the mountain .
For some reason all the layers I layered up on and the coat which usually does the trick, well, didn't and I was chilled to the bone.
So used to experiencing unnatural events and unexplained phenomena, he sounds almost matter of fact when explaining away the strange noises and freaky encounters he's had in the Treharris manor, things which would make the rest of us chilled to the bone.
So used to experiencing unnatural events and unexplained phenomena, he sounds almost matter of fact when explaining away the strange noises and freaky encounters he's had at Llancaiach Fawr Manor House, things which would make the rest of us chilled to the bone.
He was chilled to the bone when he read the victim impact statements.
But, and you will have to forgive me, I light up my portable propane heater and wait all cozy and happy while my partners are mostly shivering with snot-frozen faces while being chilled to the bone.
Rose Leslie may be feeling the heat in The Great Fire but she was chilled to the bone filming in a haunted former prison.
Onlookers around the modern art gallery in Middlesbrough's Centre Square were chilled to the bone, as they witnessed freakish ghouls with broken faces wandering around the town.