(one's) blood runs cold

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(one's) blood runs cold

One becomes seized by an acute and intense sensation of fear, panic, horror, or dread. My blood ran cold when I overheard that a police officer had been asking about me at work. Janet could feel her blood run cold when the murderer she was testifying against walked into the courtroom.
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References in classic literature ?
The youth trembled with horror, and his blood ran cold, yet he did not lose his courage; but, holding the iron spear upright in his hand, he brought it down with all his might right through the monster's lower jaw.
The leader of main centre-right opposition party of France, Jean-Francois Cope said that his blood ran cold when he got to know about the book.