I shudder to think

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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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I shudder to think what will happen when she puts her hair up."
But you--I shudder to think what you would have been-- a curate in debt for horse-hire and cambric pocket-handkerchiefs!"
She used all her persuasions, but could not shake him; he said his belief was firm, that if he should sleep there he would wake no more for fifty years, and it made him shudder to think of it.
I shudder to think how close was the chance at that.
What the rent of apartments must have been twenty years ago makes one shudder to think of.
It makes me shudder to think what it must be made of.
Of course we will win, but I shudder to think of it."
Without my hobbies, I shudder to think what might become of me.
His bloated body and shrunken legs--their deformity enhanced a hundredfold by the fantastic dress--the glassy eyes, contrasting fearfully with the thick white paint with which the face was besmeared; the grotesquely-ornamented head, trembling with paralysis, and the long skinny hands, rubbed with white chalk--all gave him a hideous and unnatural appearance, of which no description could convey an adequate idea, and which, to this day, I shudder to think of.
I shudder to think what type of adults they will grow up to be.
I shudder to think what is going to happen when the month of fasting is upon us.
As a pensioner who only uses trains within the Centro area, it would have no effect on me, but I shudder to think of the cost to regular commuters.
But I shudder to think. If the incident had happened five minutes later, I would've been involved,' a woman who walked past the scene shortly after the incident told NHK.
How much this technical monster has cost I shudder to think, but of all the websites that I have ever used, in my opinion this one must be one of the worst.
I shudder to think what will happen next Sunday if we reach the final, win or lose.