send shivers up (someone's) spine

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send shivers up (someone's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in someone. The way that sonata swells always sends shivers up my spine. It sent shivers up my spine when Dorothy gave me such an amorous look. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is sending shivers up my spine!
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We saw his eyes lock on Viacheslav ``Slava'' Fetisov, a teammate for the final 54 games of the Red Wings' glorious Stanley Cup run, and moments later watched Fetisov skate over to Sandstrom and warmly greet him with a resplendent smile, sending shivers up our spine.