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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?
And for Winnie Johnson, now a 76-year-old pensioner, there is the terrible dread that she will never be able to get closure over the disappearance of her son Keith, aged just 12.
Rou says Common Dreads are the things that concern people today on a global level - "catastrophic climate change, wars, terror laws, CCTV society, modern imperialism and the effects of capitalism.
2 : to be very unwilling to face <I dread Monday.
We cannot stare at the sun, true, but no one dreads the sun.
Why didn't we dread coming home like everyone else?
Every January, Walter Rivera opens his December electricity bill with the dread of a man getting the results of an IRS audit.
Is it one of those "dark places where one feels dread, where without knowledge of the horrors that occurred, there is a sinister and claustrophobic air"?
But they can relate to somebody coming out because that person is dealing with a nameless dread, at least from a straight point of view.
Q: What do you most dread about the Christmas season?
According to Morrison, the formation of an Africanist presence seems to have followed a roughly three-part development: "from its simplistic, though menacing, purposes of establishing hierarchic difference, to its surrogate properties as self-reflexive meditations on the loss of difference, to its lush and fully blossomed existence in the rhetoric of dread and desire" (64).
Sadie dreads being a self that will be seen as aberrant or ridiculous in the eyes of the world and seeks absolution from her sinful desires in secrecy.
Robert Yates, one of the top NASCAR team owners and one of the leading minds in horsepower, dreads every December, but not because of the racing schedule, competition or points standings.
Rastafarian bus driver Brian Bennett, 38, pictured right, designed the hat to stop his dreads scraping the cab floor.
My dreads were my ticket to mid-'80s fame and fortune.