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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I've long been a firm believer in the power of sound being a key factor in the very best of the horror genre; whether it's John Carpenter's iconic Halloween score, Leatherface's chainsaw revving up, Freddy Krueger's glove scraping along walls or the creaky floorboards and howling winds of The Haunting, there have been plenty of disturbing assaults on the ears to send shivers down spines.