give (one) the shivers

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give (one) the shivers

To cause one to have a feeling of fear or dread. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is giving me the shivers!
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give somebody/get the ˈshivers

(informal) make somebody feel fear and horror: That old portrait gives me the shivers.I get the shivers every time I hear his name.
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Even so, while we may enjoy Petraeus' Patriot Act payback, and speculate on how it must be giving the shivers to many a philandering White House staffer, member of Congress, or even a Supreme Court justice, it should also be a warning to us all that the FBI, the CIA, and the myriad other intelligence agencies littering the U.