freeze your blood

freeze (someone's) blood

To affect in someone an intense feeling of fright, horror, or revulsion. The sight of my brother's murderer in court absolutely froze my blood. When we were camping last weekend, we heard a scream in the night that froze our blood.
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freeze your blood

fill you with feelings of fear or horror.
According to the medieval physiological scheme of the four humours in the human body (melancholy, phlegm, blood, and choler), blood was the hot, moist element, so the effect of horror or fear in making the blood cold was to make it unable to fulfil its proper function of supplying the body with vital heat or energy. Compare with make your blood run cold (at blood).
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After Saddam seized power, he staged a show trial of his own party's inner circle and made a video of the proceedings that will, if you watch it, freeze your blood. So would the gruesome film of the public hanging of Iraqi Jews in Baghdad's main square, an atrocity Saddam helped to orchestrate after the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
His spine-tingling encounters will freeze your blood. So turn the page and read on - if you dare...