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

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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 ?
Standing on the summit, one does not feel altogether comfortable when he looks down from the high side; but to crawl on your breast to the verge on the lower side and try to stretch your neck out far enough to see the base of the tower, makes your flesh creep, and convinces you for a single moment in spite of all your philosophy, that the building is falling.
The roads through Mirkwood are chilling in the half light of dawn, the wolves are evil creatures baying for blood while the huge spider which descends to gobble up Bilbo Baggins makes your flesh creep and you thank heaven for the powers of good and Gandalf.