give (one) the creeps

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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!
See also: creep, give

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.
See also: creep, give, somebody, willies
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Because dead bodies give us the creeps, don't they?
Most of what Dublin's Conor O'Brien has created for the two Villagers album has some level of weirdness - but this track, with it's lingering bells, monotonous synth and hypnotic piano loop - along with lyrics about, you know, the dead - well it's all surely designed to give us the creeps.
Both play and player occupy firmer ground when the focus shifts to Timmy, complete with an "I'll be one of you" finish designed to give us the creeps that mostly sounds like an affective ripoff from "Sweeney Todd.