make someone's blood curdle

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make someone's blood run cold

Definition of make someone's blood curdle

  1. :  to cause someone to be very afraid or disgusted a ghost story that will make your blood curdle The horrible news made our blood run cold.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  behave, act

    :  to begin or seem to begin (an action)

    :  to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. :  the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

    :  brand

    :  the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  the fluid that circulates in the heart, arteries, capillaries, and veins of a vertebrate animal carrying nourishment and oxygen to and bringing away waste products from all parts of the body

    :  a comparable fluid of an invertebrate

    :  a fluid resembling blood

  1. :  to stain or wet with blood

    :  bleed

    :  to expose (a hunting dog) to sight, scent, or taste of the blood of its prey

  1. :  to form curds

    :  to congeal as if by forming curds

    :  to go bad or wrong :  spoil

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