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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.
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I shudder/dread to ˈthink (how, what, etc....)

(informal, often humorous) I am afraid to think or ask myself about something, because the answer might be terrible or unpleasant: I shudder to think when he last had a bath.‘How much more work is there?’ ‘I dread to think!’
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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
THE Barmy Army enjoyed themselves as usual but England's second-day charge came to a shuddering halt before lunch on day three.
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.
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.
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.
Like a long singing from the Haftorah, the 63-minute-plus "Kaddish" only explodes at the end, shuddering toward a dissolution that, here, is the only way to wholeness.
While the data files containing full-length movies are too big for the average home computer user to conveniently download, college students with high-speed hookups in their dorm rooms are doing it, and the movie industry is shuddering.
Beyond that, the work seems to understand hearing as something that the body undergoes or performs in a forcefully physical way, an involuntary incorporation and expulsion, a vibration or shuddering of organs at some autonomic level below conscious sensation: a "visceral hearing," as the title of another work here has it.