One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause someone to feel repugnance or fear.‘this place gives me the shudders’‘it gives me the shudders to hear you use words like that’
- ‘I had heard her say things to people that gave me the shudders: ‘This is the worst book I've read in a year,’ or things like that.’
- ‘Even the name gave Amy the shudders as she sat hunched up at the back of the cab, her suitcase in hand staring out at the scenery as it sailed by.’
- ‘Twenty years later that image still gives me the shudders.’
- ‘It gave him the shudders thinking about people changing like that.’
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