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give (one) the creeps

To make one feel wary or uneasy due to eeriness or strange behavior. I stay away from that old house on the corner, it gives me the creeps! Why is that guy just standing around and not talking to anyone? He's giving me the creeps!
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give someone the creeps

INFORMAL
COMMON If someone or something gives you the creeps, they make you feel nervous, afraid or uncomfortable. `This place gives me the creeps,' said Romira. For no good reason, he gave me the creeps.
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give someone the creeps

induce a feeling of fear or revulsion in someone.
1996 Roddy Doyle The Woman Who Walked Into Doors It's the emptiness; there's no one on the street at that time, along the river. It gives me the creeps.
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give somebody the ˈwillies/heebie-ˈjeebies/ˈcreeps

(informal) make somebody feel nervous or afraid: Being alone in this old house gives me the willies.He gives me the creeps. He’s got such strange eyes.
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Even though Dvorak somewhat blunted the edges of Erben's spine-chilling ballad on hazardous playing with the other world and love transcending death by occasional soft harmony, the introduction, the orchestral interludes, the scenes of the Spectre's wandering with the Maiden and the scene of the Maiden at a cemetery contain a number of (not only onomatopoeic) passages that give one the creeps.