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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GAZING into Marilyn Manson's eyes across a candlelit table would be enough to send shivers down our spines but fortunately his stripper girlfriend, Dita Von Tease, right, is a little more at ease with the dark side of life.