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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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So, hopefully, that sends a few shudders through the English camp," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hussey, as saying.
One shudders to imagine the consequences had not the highways authority undertaken the urgent repairs.
It's a series of shudders on the hill by the trees that are
As our earth shakes and shudders with the upheavals of this past year, we can feel the movement echo through our own deep center.
Pursuits ashore, especially in the Philippines, will bring back smiles, shudders and nods from many veterans.
Al-Rashid's courage will be, one shudders to contemplate.
The other side reads those same rulings and shudders. To them, our public schools are the godless laboratories of "Secular Humanism." Government's failure to subsidize religion is discrimination.
One shudders to think of what contemporary Hollywood might have done with this same material, but these Spaniards get it just right.
Fourteen-year-old Phoenix, dressed in a virtual reality suit, shudders in a dark maze where the ancient Minotaur threatens.
Those shudders, which shake the ground from side to side at low frequencies, travel at about half the speed of the P waves.
We might fly off to Hawaii on a passenger blimp or (for serious shudders) an atomic airplane.
One shudders at the implications of this line of thought.
(The sickening sound of the record being ruined is enough to induce shudders in anyone with the vaguest recollection of the Age of Vinyl.) The other two pieces, Beat & Pew and Hey, run more elaborate variations on similar patterns, becoming correspondingly more opaque.
The earth shudders at Universal Studios when action-packed movies like Earthquake come to life in thrilling rides.
"Timid Lady Rides The Redline": She shudders at / sudden vibrations // clutches her / Aigner bag // for the / dark tunnel // subway screech / and T-stop // at Kendall Square.