chilled 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.
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.
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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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Capello was chilled to the marrow by Italy's collapse and the operatic abuse heaped on Marcello Lippi.
Suddenly, they were chilled to the marrow by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows.
Even as I chilled to the marrow in the Cold Room, where scientists carry out tests on blocks of ice from the Antarctic, the harsh conditions were apparently not cold enough for researcher Sue Foord.
TWELVE months ago to the day, we were chilled to the marrow by the harrowing pictures emerging from New York.
If United's celebrations at Anfield earlier in the day were those of men who felt they had one hand on the trophy, they would have been chilled to the marrow at the sight of their fiercest rivals barely breaking stride on the south coast.
Anybody with a heart who reads our report today about the burglary at the Great Barr home of Malcolm Eaton will be chilled to the marrow.
The poor things were chilled to the marrow and looked like complete prats riding in a horse-drawn carriage when they'd much rather have a black cab.