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I dread to think

It is too worrying or unpleasant for me to think about something that might happen or might have happened. I dread 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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When you'd land a trick and really compress, your dreads would kind of sweep the ground, right?
So, searching in the book for meaning about how Existential Analysis deals with death dread, I gleaned that there are five principles why this Existential psychoanalyst thinks people are anxious about death.
The proliferation of forms of dread in this study occasionally dilutes the principal concept: apocalyptic dread.
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Laugh not at any knight who has the courage to face the dread dragon Lightning," he said.
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It is a dread, one might argue, stemming from wrestling against efforts to deny self-transcendence.
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He's distilled a good deal of the horror he has encountered in the works of Robert Conquest, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and the many other historians of, and witnesses to, utter dread.
Some accountants dread preparing a written report or letter as much as their clients dread taxes.