spine-chilling

adjective spine-chill·ing \ ˈspīn-ˌchi-liŋ \

Definition of spine-chilling

: alarmingly or eerily frightening

First Known Use of spine-chilling

1946

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SPINE-CHILLING Defined for English Language Learners

spine-chilling

Definition of spine-chilling for English Language Learners

  • : very exciting, thrilling, or frightening


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