send a chill down your spine

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send a chill down (one's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in one. The way that sonata swells always sends a chill down my spine. It sent a chill down my spine when Dorothy gave me such an amorous look. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is sending a chill down my spine!
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send a chill down your spine

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send chills down your spine

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1. If something sends a chill down your spine or sends chills down your spine, it frightens you. Even after two weeks, the story of the girl still sent a chill down my spine. The sound these animals make sends chills down your spine. Note: This expression is often varied. For instance, you can used up instead of down, or say you get chills down your spine. These events should send chills up the spines of most investors. I walk past the building and still get chills down my spine.
2. If something sends a chill down your spine or sends chills down your spine, it makes you feel very excited and emotional. It is one of the things I have a real passion for and just talking about it sends a chill down my spine. The crowd was cheering so loudly, it sent chills down my spine. Note: This expression is often varied. For instance, you can used up instead of down, or say you get chills down your spine. `That's a song I've loved for 30 years — it sends chills up my spine,' says Geyer.
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The Bugs - Never mind the fact that Samara is underneath them, those creepy crawlers alone are enough to send chills down your spine.
Headlining the show will be Teesside's Cape Cub, whose sumptuous and minimal glacial-tinged pop will send chills down your spine.
You do that in one of two ways: Either come to an Appleseed directly, and hear the story you never heard in school--of the first day of the Revolutionary War--a story that will send chills down your spine, and fill your heart with pride--or, alternatively, check a book out of the library--Paul Revere's Ride by Fischer is the best--and read about what the Revolution meant to the founders of this country--and what it will mean to you.
The film is likely to send chills down your spine, with Rawal playing a negative character and donning a baldpate.
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Looking for something spooky to send chills down your spine this summer?