chilled to the bone

*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.
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.
Gorgeous cinematography, haunting use of music and Spacek's naE[macron]ve sounding voice-over all blend masterfully, leaving the viewer 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.
Get a nice large tumbler, throw in a good few lumps of ice and equal measures of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth (you know, Rosso) and give it all a good long stir so the ice melts a little and it's 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.
When the program ends, the group is huddled together, chilled to the bone not only by the blowing wind and fog but also by the story itself.
It will have you on the edge of your seat and chilled to the bone.
Sarandon had her real-life kids to keep her warm, as Eva Amurri and towering Jack Henry joined her for the tented carpet walk, but Weisz came solo, in a tiny minidress, looking glam but chilled to the bone.
By the time we picked up the decoys and motored back to the clock, we were chilled to the bone.