make (one's) blood run cold

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make (one's) blood run cold

To cause one to feel frightened or unnerved. The screams coming from the old, dark house made my blood run cold. That gruesome scene in the new horror movie made our blood run cold.
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make someone's blood run cold

Fig. to shock or horrify someone. The terrible story in the newspaper made my blood run cold. I could tell you things about prisons that would make your blood run cold.
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make one's blood run cold

Also, freeze one's blood. Cause one to shiver from fright or horror, as in The radiator's clanking at night made George's blood run cold, or Movies about vampires always freeze my blood. [Early 1800s] Also see make one's flesh creep.
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make your blood run cold

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make your blood freeze

If something makes your blood run cold or makes your blood freeze, it frightens or shocks you very much. The rage in his eyes made her blood run cold. It makes my blood run cold to think what this poor, helpless child must have gone through. Note: You can also simply say that your blood runs cold or your blood freezes. Then his blood froze. For there in the crowd was the one face he didn't want to see. Note: You can use blood-freezing before a noun, to say that something is extremely frightening or shocking. It's a blood-freezing image of corrupted innocence. Note: In medieval times, some people believed that certain emotions changed the temperature of the blood.
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make your blood run cold

horrify you.
The previous three phrases all come from the medieval physiological scheme of the four humours in the human body (melancholy, phlegm, blood, and choler). Under this scheme blood was the hot, moist element, so the effect of horror or fear in making the blood run cold or curdling (solidifying) it was to make it unable to fulfil its proper function of supplying the body with vital heat or energy. The blood boiling was a supposedly dangerous overreaction to strong emotion.
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make somebody’s ˈblood run cold

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make somebody’s ˈblood freeze

make somebody feel horror or extreme fear: A terrifying scream in the blackness of the night made my blood run cold.
See also: blood, cold, make, run
References in classic literature ?
"Why didn't you have your courses hauled up at once, then?" he asked in a tone that ought to have made my blood run cold.
Ned Land had a way of saying "seize" which made my blood run cold.
Why, look'ere;" and turning down his stocking he showed me a great, raw, red wound that made my blood run cold. "He done that -- Mr.
I protest you have made my blood run cold with the very mentioning the top of that mountain; which seems to me to be one of the highest in the world.
Just as I was beginning to hope that the mate would come out calmer, for I heard him knocking away at something in the hold, and work is good for him, there came up the hatchway a sudden, startled scream, which made my blood run cold, and up on the deck he came as if shot from a gun, a raging madman, with his eyes rolling and his face convulsed with fear.
'I was on the threshold of great things,' he pleaded, in a voice of longing, with a wistfulness of tone that made my blood run cold. 'And now for this stupid scoundrel--'
AS if we are not traumatised enough from the BBC's 9/11 drama, this week saw the arrival of another "untold true story" that made my blood run cold.
I must admit, until Russia's Nikita Khruschev led us towards a potential nuclear disaster in 1962, the man my generation hated most on this planet - indeed, on planets everywhere - was an evil character who made my blood run cold whenever I saw that familiar menacing face.
Brandishing a copy of the Mirror's front page, he said: "What I've seen, that's made my blood run cold.
But when what he'd been up to came out in court, it made my blood run cold."
News that their new record was going to be darker and broodier than previous efforts made my blood run cold. Here we go, I thought, Radiohead without the fun, joie de vivre or sense of humour.
For among the usual book, music and perfume-related options was an entry which made my blood run cold - driving lessons.
Watching his big beaming smile while Bruce Forsyth and co banged on about him being an Olympic gold medallist (Audley, it was 11 years ago, move on) made my blood run cold.
"When she was found and it turned out to be Craig's uncle who had her it made my blood run cold. I care deeply about Shannon and Tony - I brought them up when they were babies and we had a real bond."