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I shudder to think

It is too worrying or unpleasant for me to think about something that might happen or might have happened. I shudder to think what my boss will say when I tell him I lost our biggest client.
See also: shudder, think

I shudder/dread to ˈthink (how, what, etc....)

(informal, often humorous) I am afraid to think or ask myself about something, because the answer might be terrible or unpleasant: I shudder to think when he last had a bath.‘How much more work is there?’ ‘I dread to think!’
See also: dread, shudder, think
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Buildings shuddered in the city, a Reuters witness said.
I was there that night and I shuddered at what happened but he came back and we've got him for another season."
The windows shuddered as the deafening sound rent the air.
I shuddered to see the world they now inherit, portrayed in these 20 desiccated pages as such a soulless, desolating, and unmagical place.
and the world shuddered in collective dread of the so-called Millennium Bug.
THE London market's recent upward surge shuddered to a halt today as a downbeat session in the US wrecked confidence once more.
Kabul shuddered with the first explosions about 2.30am.
I shuddered at the thought of all the work ahead of us as we began to prepare for accreditation.
One dancer sat and simply shuddered. All seven, now clad only in flesh-colored trunks, stood, like tired paper dolls, in an inescapable line and then piled, one upon the other.
Each of the four times this year that the Federal Reserve Bank hiked shortterm interest rates, consumers shuddered as another spike was driven into their motivation to borrow and invest.
At 14,500 feet and at an indicated airspeed of 160 knots, the aircraft shuddered and went into a spin to the left.
In the thirties, the world witnessed her eugenic impulse carried to its frenzied conclusion in Hitler's death camps for "inferior races." The world shuddered. Yet it took about thirty years for what had been a war crime to become acceptable public policy.