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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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Dozens of dreaded dacoits, whose names once spelt terror in the Chambal valley that runs into the rough wild country of the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have from time to time laid down their arms and are now leading a normal life.
Subsequently, in an Allied offensive in Italy, he was taken prisoner and spent two years in a dreaded camp in North Africa with hard-nosed Nazi prisoners as companions.
I have begun to shake off this dreaded, cursed disease and begun actual writing.
Most important, he'll be filtering out any potentially dangerous germs which could touch off a bout of the dreaded "false hope.
Having always been in growth environments, I dreaded what I had to do.
And if Congress has its wish, many more parents will be getting the dreaded phone call that I got that Friday afternoon two years ago.
MARJORIE SPIEGEL is the author of The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery, from which this article was adapted.
itself the dreaded voyage into the world--the very voyage
Briefing mediapersons, the Sub Divisional Officer of Bhanupratappur Police Station disclosed that one of the arrested persons is a dreaded ultra who was wanted in a string of criminal cases.
In the poll by Flomax Relief, four in every ten Brummies said they dreaded going to work on a Monday, while a third said it was the day they felt most tired.
A DREADED vote of confidence must be on its way to Rafa Benitez, quickly followed by the even more dreaded P45.
And, of course the attendant need to downsize, to rid oneself of one's possessions and also to prepare for the dreaded move - the packing and stowing, assembling and dismantling - all these things make selling and moving home probably the second most dreaded thing after divorce.
WHEN I was a kid, there were two kinds of party invites - the ones you dreaded and the ones you dreaded not getting.
The survey found 70 per cent of respondents admitted they dreaded Christmas and 10 per cent said they would prefer if it were cancelled altogether.