make one's flesh creep(redirected from make one's skin crawl)
make (one's) flesh creep
To cause one to feel disgusted, frightened, or unnerved. Having to look all those surgical photos made my flesh creep. The mere mention of cockroaches makes her flesh creep.
make one's flesh creep
Also, make one's skin crawl. Cause one to shudder with disgust or fear, as in That picture makes my flesh creep, or Cockroaches make my skin crawl. This idiom alludes to the feeling of having something crawl over one's body or skin. The first term appeared in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1727): "Something in their countenance made my flesh creep with a horror I cannot express." The variant dates from the late 1800s.