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I shudder to think

It is too worrying or unpleasant for me to think about something that might happen or might have happened. I shudder to think what my boss will say when I tell him I lost our biggest client.
See also: shudder, think

I dread/shudder to think

something that you say when you do not want to think about something because it is too worrying or too unpleasant (usually + question word) He was going so fast - I dread to think what would have happened if my brakes hadn't worked.
See also: dread, think
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In the end, all this shuddering comes across as more prissy than wise.
MANSFIELD'S six-match unbeaten home run came to a shuddering halt.
And I need to flip it into four-wheel drive and thrust forward, ever forward, and ram deep, deep--oh, so deep--into moaning, shuddering woods where no truck has gone before.
KILLER whales, king-sized sharks and a shuddering earthquake.
Alley, shuddering at the sight of severe Puritan justice as if she's in a vibrating exercise belt, bellows, `` 'Tis I should be hanging from this tree
But Leo Fortune-West had put the visitors ahead in this stormy Boxing Day showdown, which saw six men booked and City sub Gavin Gordon lucky not to see red for a shuddering 60th-minute challenge on Jon Beswetherick.
The shuddering of the walls shifts the pattern of probabilities that an electron is in a given location, making it possible for electrons to enter the dot from outside and for others to be ejected.
And they said that in extreme cases the pounds 42,000 cars could come to a shuddering halt.
Are Burton's shuddering shapes Shiva's dancing arms, bringing worlds of life into being even as they announce death to others?
One moment they're shuddering in horror at the prospect of a pool table within their borders; the next, they're clamoring for a tin-eared marching band, which they're suddenly convinced is the only possible thin blue line separating them from complete anarchy.
The veteran full-back was left coverted in blood after a shuddering collision with Leeds' Alf-Inge Haaland near the end of Tuesday's game.
When males did move to where no barrier separated them from a female, displays were more muted, with significantly less body shuddering, long calling, and decoration flinging, say the researchers.
On its screen appeared an image of a jackhammer's revolving shaft, thundering and shuddering as it sank into a concrete floor; hands, straining to hold the drill, appeared in close-up.
Those devices include the use of amplified gunshots to demarcate scenes, unblinking close-up images of shuddering violence (a pregnant woman is repeatedly kicked and punched in the stomach, a girl is shot in the throat and writhes in agonized death throes), a swatch of hard-core pornography and a continual torrent of hateful epithets directed at almost everybody but especially at those suspected of being homosexual.
Sutton was stretchered off against Aston Villa in agony on Saturday after a shuddering tackle from Ugo Ehiogu.