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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.
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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!’
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BEES striker Junior Agogo struck twice to take his goals tally for the season to 12 as Leigh's four-game unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt at Underhill.
The shuddering of the walls shifts the pattern of probabilities that an electron is in a given location, making it possible for electrons to enter the dot from outside and for others to be ejected.
And they said that in extreme cases the pounds 42,000 cars could come to a shuddering halt.
Are Burton's shuddering shapes Shiva's dancing arms, bringing worlds of life into being even as they announce death to others?
PAULA RADCLIFFE today plans to show a clean pair of heels to the injury and illness problems that brought her glory season to a shuddering halt.
THE Barmy Army enjoyed themselves as usual but England's second-day charge came to a shuddering halt before lunch on day three.
When males did move to where no barrier separated them from a female, displays were more muted, with significantly less body shuddering, long calling, and decoration flinging, say the researchers.
On its screen appeared an image of a jackhammer's revolving shaft, thundering and shuddering as it sank into a concrete floor; hands, straining to hold the drill, appeared in close-up.
But Leo Fortune-West had put the visitors ahead in this stormy Boxing Day showdown, which saw six men booked and City sub Gavin Gordon lucky not to see red for a shuddering 60th-minute challenge on Jon Beswetherick.
Like a long singing from the Haftorah, the 63-minute-plus "Kaddish" only explodes at the end, shuddering toward a dissolution that, here, is the only way to wholeness.
The veteran full-back was left coverted in blood after a shuddering collision with Leeds' Alf-Inge Haaland near the end of Tuesday's game.
Beyond that, the work seems to understand hearing as something that the body undergoes or performs in a forcefully physical way, an involuntary incorporation and expulsion, a vibration or shuddering of organs at some autonomic level below conscious sensation: a "visceral hearing," as the title of another work here has it.