make (one's) flesh creep

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make (one's) flesh creep

To cause one to feel disgusted, frightened, or unnerved. Having to look at all those surgical photos made my flesh creep. The mere mention of cockroaches makes her flesh creep.
See also: creep, flesh, make

make one's flesh creep

Also, make one's skin crawl. Cause one to shudder with disgust or fear, as in That picture makes my flesh creep, or Cockroaches make my skin crawl. This idiom alludes to the feeling of having something crawl over one's body or skin. The first term appeared in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1727): "Something in their countenance made my flesh creep with a horror I cannot express." The variant dates from the late 1800s.
See also: creep, flesh, make

make your flesh creep


make your flesh crawl

If something or someone makes your flesh creep or makes your flesh crawl, they make you feel uncomfortable because you find them so unpleasant or frightening. I didn't like him the first time I set eyes on him and now I know why. He made my flesh creep. I could see nobody. But they could see me. It made my flesh crawl. Note: You can also say that someone or something makes your skin crawl. Then suddenly she laughed. The sound made his skin crawl.
See also: creep, flesh, make

make someone's flesh creep (or crawl)

cause someone to feel fear, horror, or disgust.
See also: creep, flesh, make

make your ˈflesh creep/crawl

make you feel afraid or full of disgust: This is a movie to make your flesh creep.The way he looked at me made my flesh crawl.
See also: crawl, creep, flesh, make
References in classic literature ?
This was immediately granted, and we all three entered the gate of the palace between two rows of guards, armed and dressed after a very antic manner, and with something in their countenances that made my flesh creep with a horror I cannot express.
Her story made my flesh creep. It turns me cold, sir, when I think of it now."
The bare thought of it made my flesh creep. I was determined never again to see the man who had so cruelly deceived me.
There was something otherworldly about them that made my flesh creep. When I reached for the toad it cringed away from me, trying to flatten itself against the wall.
"It made my flesh creep when I found out what Micky was up to," Kayleigh, now 17, told the Sunday Mercury.
The comments of Mrs Solomon, who was Lena's agent and "guardian" during her young years in London away from her own family, made my flesh creep. - William Bennett, Glasgow.
This was the cant phrase that made my flesh creep. When the Diary was first published, and then adapted for the theatre and film, it became Anne's signature line.
She said: "They made my flesh creep. They were absolutely revolting and really shook me up."