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curdle (one's) blood

To terrify someone. That horror movie curdled my blood so badly that I spent the next week sleeping in my parents' bedroom!
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curdle someone's blood

Fig. to frighten or disgust someone severely. The story was scary enough to curdle your blood. The terrible scream was enough to curdle my blood.
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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 somebody's blood run cold

  also make somebody's blood curdle
if something makes someone's blood run cold, it makes them very frightened I heard a scream which made my blood run cold.
See also: blood, cold, make, run
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mozzarella curdled using citric acid: milk is curdled using citric acid or a combination of rennet and citric acid.
A spokesman for SMA Nutrition said customers complained of opening the packs to find the milk had separated and curdled.
The group's short life span--1969 to 1972--encompassed a fertile period of flux bridging the curdled camp of filmmaker Jack Smith and Glam Rock, free love, and the sexual revolution; but unfortunately the Cockettes couldn't traverse the stylistic boundaries between West and East Coast counterculture.
Files on chemical weapons, codenamed al Zabadi - Arabic for curdled milk - include plans for making "home-brew nerve gas".
While Old Hamlet was taking a nap in his orchard, Claudius poured poison in his ear; the poison curdled his blood and rose to his skin, until his body was covered with a 'vile and loathsome crust'.
At just over a half-hour in length, the latest volley from London's celebrated Mike Skinner reveals how fame has curdled the formerly inspired urban rapper who always seemed like an ordinary bloke.
In that "culture" Larner represented nature, wealth, and sustenance-- with an allegorical reach rivaling the seventeenth-century vanitas, where mortal power inevitably curdled.
Mills, working from Walter Kirn's curdled novel, takes his time, letting us follow Justin on his journey while providing glimpses into the ways his mom and dad are trying to escape reality as well.
This aesthetic of the unfinished is consistent with the incomplete suturing between figure and ground, the approximation of readymade photographs in painted form, and the curdled sweetness of color that characterizes Eggerer's painting.
And of course, von Trier is nothing if not aware of his own deeply curdled motives.
So the engraved dancing figures in Moon Culmination, 1961, seem to merge with the curdled paint blobs and stains that surround them, a magical transmutation from image to matter and back again.
Divided into chapters that are introduced by John Hurt's melodiously dismissive, off-screen narration, ``Dogville'' tells a morality tale that may be a thinly veiled attack on American hypocrisy or might just as easily be a universal tragedy, in which curdled idealism gives way to corrupting power.
For this, and for the fact that he died in 1978, well before that climate curdled, Matta-Clark has properly become a legend.
While Courtney watchers may get a kick out of curdled, self-referential songs like the Strokes dig ``But Julian, I'm a Little Bit Older Than You,'' ``All the Drugs'' or ``Zeplin Song,'' the real core of this tepid set are the bland heard-it-before power ballads ``Never Gonna Be the Same'' and ``Hold on to Me.
He seldom confronts this political deadlock explicitly, but when he does, his anatomy of curdled idealism and hope is unsparing.