send shivers down (one's) spine

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send shivers down (one's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of fear, nervousness, exhilaration, or excitement in someone. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is sending shivers down my spine! The way that sonata swells always sends shivers down my spine. It sent shivers down my spine when Dorothy gave me such an amorous look.
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The scenario was enough to send shivers down my spine. Half of the Muslim world is busy celebrating the Holy Month by fasting and spending most of their earnings in buying clothes and other luxuries, while the other half is embroiled in warfare.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be back and sitting here inside the Racecourse, it does send shivers down my spine," said the coach, who will split his time between working for Wrexham and the FAW.
If anything is guaranteed to send shivers down my spine it's the suggestion that Boris Johnson might be a future Prime Minister.
"During the 1984 season we took on Pompey in the FA Cup and the match still send shivers down my spine. There were probably 36,000 fans packed into Fratton Park and 33,000 of them were baying for blood.