send shivers down (one's) spine

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send shivers down (one's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of fear, nervousness, exhilaration, or excitement in someone. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is sending shivers down my spine! The way that sonata swells always sends shivers down my spine. It sent shivers down my spine when Dorothy gave me such an amorous look.
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The production cuts announced at Ford's Bridgend plant have rightly sent shivers down spines across Wales.
The band then made their way to a circular stage in the heart of the audience where semi-acoustic versions of Skin and Bones, Marigold and a searing version of My Hero sent shivers down spines.