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a shiver down (one's) spine

A shudder felt down one's back, due to either fear, anticipation, nervousness, or excitement. I felt a shiver down my spine at the thought of my exam tomorrow.
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send a shiver down (someone's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in someone. The way that sonata swells always sends a shiver down my spine. It sent a shiver down my spine when Dorothy gave me such an amorous look. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is sending a shiver down my spine!
See also: down, send, shiver, spine

send a shiver up (someone's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in someone. The way that sonata swells always sends a shiver up my spine. It sent a shiver up my spine when Dorothy gave me such an amorous look. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is sending a shiver up my spine!
See also: send, shiver, spine, up

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!
See also: send, shiver, spine, up

a shiver ran down (one's/someone's) spine

Said when one has experienced an intense feeling of fear, panic, dread, shock, exhilaration, or excitement. A shiver ran down John's spine when he overheard the managers discussing the money he'd stolen from the company safe. A cold shiver ran down my spine at the thought of having to work for another minute in that awful restaurant. When they announced that Sarah would have the chance to meet a movie star as a part of her prize, a shiver ran down her spine.
See also: down, ran, shiver, spine

a shiver ran up (one's/someone's) spine

Said when one has experienced an intense feeling of fear, panic, dread, shock, exhilaration, or excitement. A shiver ran down John's spine when he overheard the managers discussing the money he'd stolen from the company safe. A cold shiver ran down my spine at the thought of having to work for another minute in that awful restaurant. When they announced that Sarah would have the chance to meet a movie star as a part of her prize, a shiver ran down her spine.
See also: ran, shiver, spine, up

a shiver went down (one's/someone's) spine

Said when one has experienced an intense feeling of fear, panic, dread, shock, exhilaration, or excitement. A shiver went down John's spine when he overheard the managers discussing the money he'd stolen from the company safe. A cold shiver went down my spine at the thought of having to work for another minute in that awful restaurant. When they announced that Sarah would have the chance to meet a movie star as a part of her prize, a shiver went down her spine.
See also: down, shiver, spine

a shiver went up (one's/someone's) spine

Said when one has experienced an intense feeling of fear, panic, dread, shock, exhilaration, or excitement. A shiver went up John's spine when he overheard the managers discussing the money he'd stolen from the company safe. A cold shiver went up my spine at the thought of having to work for another minute in that awful restaurant. When they announced that Sarah would have the chance to meet a movie star as a part of her prize, a shiver went up her spine.
See also: shiver, spine, up

send shivers down your spine

also send shivers up your spine
to feel very frightened or excited Here's a tale of medical incompetence that should send shivers down your spine. Related vocabulary: make your hair stand on end
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send shivers down/up somebody's spine

to make someone feel very frightened or excited The way he looked at me sent shivers down my spine.
See drive round the bend, send on a guilt trip, send into a tizz, drive round the twist
See also: down, send, shiver, spine

give somebody the shivers

  (informal)
to frighten someone or make them nervous That man who hangs about in the lane gives me the shivers.
See send shivers down spine
See also: give, shiver
References in classic literature ?
If you like the service, well, you'll jine; and if you don't, Jim, why, you're free to answer no--free and welcome, shipmate; and if fairer can be said by mortal seaman, shiver my sides
Cross me, and you'll go where many a good man's gone before you, first and last, these thirty year back--some to the yard-arm, shiver my timbers, and some by the board, and all to feed the fishes.
And observing his sensations he noticed that he was beginning to shiver, without knowing whether it was from cold or from fear.
Nothing remained but to wait till daylight and to keep warm; for it was a cold, raw night for California, with just enough wind to pierce the skin and cause one to shiver.
It was cold and clammy, and made me shiver, but I did not care to stand up and run the risk of being discovered by his sharp eyes.
I grew so cold and numb, finally, that I ceased to shiver.
But he said, and his voice was steady, and he still feigned to see with dull eyes and to shiver from his sickness:
Shiverpool has offered all manner of frights and theatre, including the Hope Street Shivers, Auld City Shivers, the Shiver Me Timbers Tour, theatrical tours of St George's Hall, Shiver on the River, Shiverschool, daytime Hidden Histories tours of the city and the Shiverpool Ghost Bus.
The song was written in less than an hour but Shivers will play in the ears of its listeners for days on end.
At least twice a month I make the 45-minute drive from Jackson to Shivers Creek for dinner.
Brian Shivers, 47, of Co Londonderry, had denied all involvement in the gun attack outside the Massereene Army barracks in Antrim in which sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, died.
Brian Shivers, 47, from Co Londonderry, walked out of Belfast Crown Court after being found not guilty of involvement in the dissident republican gang that shot sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, outside the Massereene Army barracks in Antrim.
Pauley Perrette's ex-husband, Francis "Coyote" Shivers, was charged with violating the restraining order against his former "NCIS" star wife ahead of his sentencing on Wednesday.
MASSEREENE murder accused Brian Shivers was yesterday charged with a new crime of assisting offenders.
Three separate pieces of DNA evidence link defendant Brian Shivers, 47, to the car used in the attack that killed sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, from Heighters Heath, Birmingham, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, and seriously injured four others outside Massereene barracks in Antrim four years ago, Belfast Crown Court was told.