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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.
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!’
References in periodicals archive
A public sadist and a bedroom masochist, Bacon shudders
with orgasmic pleasure at the taste of a boxer's blood on his face or the tragic spectacle of the Odessa Steps massacre in The Battleship Potemkin.