a shiver down (one's) spine

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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. John got a shiver down his spine when he overheard the managers discussing the money he'd stolen from the company safe. When they announced that Sarah would have the chance to meet a movie star as a part of her prize, she felt a shiver down her spine.
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