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 had been dreading the trip, because like all genteel folk in Pakistan, the mere notion of interacting with the officials meant to protect and serve, sends shivers down one's spine.