give (someone) the shivers

Definition of give (someone) the shivers

:to make someone feel very afraid
  • The look in his eyes gave me the shivers.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

shiver play shivers
  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


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