a chill/shiver runs up/down someone's spine

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a chill/shiver runs up/down someone's spine

used to say that someone feels very thrilled, frightened, etc.
  • A shiver runs up my spine when I listen to a beautiful Beethoven symphony.
  • A (cold) shiver ran down my spine when I heard his angry voice.

Word by Word Definitions

chill play
  1. : a sensation of cold accompanied by shivering

  2. : a disagreeable sensation of coldness

  3. : a moderate but disagreeable degree of cold

  1. : moderately cold

  2. : cold, raw

  3. : affected by cold

  1. : to become cold

  2. : to shiver or quake with or as if with cold

  3. : to become taken with a chill

shiver play
  1. : one of the small pieces into which a brittle thing is broken by sudden violence

  1. : to break into many small pieces : shatter

  1. : to undergo trembling : quiver

  2. : to tremble in the wind as it strikes first one and then the other side (of a sail)

  3. : to cause (a sail) to shiver by steering close to the wind

  1. : an instance of shivering : tremble

  2. : an intense shivery sensation especially of fear

  3. : a hard blow (as with a forearm) especially to the head or neck

run play runs
  1. : to go faster than a walk

  2. : to move at a fast gallop

  3. : flee, retreat, escape

  1. : an act or the action of running : continued rapid movement

  2. : a quickened gallop

  3. : a migration of fish (as up or down a river) especially to spawn

  1. : being in a melted state

  2. : made from molten material : cast in a mold

  3. : having made a migration or spawning run

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

spine play
  1. : spinal column

  2. : something resembling a spinal column or constituting a central axis or chief support

  3. : the part of a book to which the pages are attached and on the cover of which usually appear the title and author's and publisher's names


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