Definition of chill in English:

chill

noun

  • 1An unpleasant feeling of coldness in the atmosphere, one's surroundings, or the body.

    ‘there was a chill in the air’
    ‘the disease begins abruptly with chills, headaches, and dizziness’
    • ‘The chill of her surroundings brought the rest of her body to awareness.’
    • ‘There is a chill in the air at Bradford's Alhambra this week.’
    • ‘Isabelle kneels down at Martin's gravestone, the bracing night air sending a chill through her body.’
    • ‘That's my only consolation, that there will be a chill in the air.’
    • ‘This morning the chill in the air is definitely autumnal.’
    • ‘I felt a chill in the air, even though it was the middle of summer.’
    • ‘When it comes to spring, things can get out of hand, but what is a poor angling obsessive to do with so many riches available when the chill leaves the air and life explodes all around?’
    • ‘If this is the reason for children to await rainy season, the youngsters have their plans chalked out to counter the tantalising chill in the air.’
    • ‘There may be a chill in the air this winter, but if you're in the vicinity of the Royal Theatre in Castlebar chances are it will come from the Ice Ballet.’
    • ‘There was a noticeable chill in the air and barely a sound to be heard as sombre onlookers waited in the moments before builders began the demolition.’
    • ‘I woke up and it was blowing a force four, SE gale with waves about 16 inches high, blue skies and a chill in the air.’
    • ‘When chill in the air touches the bone, the body yearns to snuggle into warm clothing.’
    • ‘The air had a distinct chill to it and, even though there was no discernible breeze, a few falling leaves drifted along, bright against the brick of a neighbouring house.’
    • ‘She smiled and closed her eyes, feeling him take her hand, a sensation that sent a chill throughout her body.’
    • ‘He sometimes feels a chill in the atmosphere at Xuhui High school, where he works as a librarian and part-time calligraphy teacher.’
    • ‘Yes, it definitely is that kind of weather outside - it's sunny today but the leaves are falling and there's a real chill in the air.’
    • ‘The warmth of the conversation soon dissipated the chill in the air.’
    • ‘The chill of the air gathered around my warm body and quickly drew away that warmth the shower had provided.’
    • ‘Fall means a chill in the air, and that means any excuse to stay indoors, be it at home or at one of the many fine venues for the enjoyment of music that this delightful town of ours has to offer.’
    • ‘Station executive Dean Cappello added, ‘I think there is an absolute chill in the air.’’
    coldness, chilliness, coolness, iciness, crispness, rawness, bitterness, nip, bite, sting, sharpness, keenness, harshness, wintriness, frigidity
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    1. 1.1 A feverish cold.
      ‘we had better return before you catch a chill’
      • ‘He caught a chill on Christmas Eve and died three days later.’
      • ‘Anyway, a few years ago, he caught a chill and it turned into pneumonia; I buried him behind the cabin and came here.’
      • ‘She sighed in relief; the water was still warm for she had been bringing heated water continually up into the room so the girl did not catch a chill.’
      • ‘You'll end up with a chill, and could catch pneumonia.’
      • ‘On the return trip, Mary caught a chill and the subsequent fever nearly killed her.’
      cold, dose of flu, dose of influenza, respiratory infection, viral infection, virus
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    2. 1.2 A coldness of manner.
      ‘a long-term chill in relations could hurt commerce’
      • ‘Brian felt it the moment he entered the city limits - a sudden primeval chill, an instinctive animal watchfulness.’
      • ‘As he says this, a sudden chill descends on Penelope Wilton's hitherto friendly Sonya as if he has trodden on her soul.’
      • ‘Both the leaders are certainly hoping that it warms up that chill between the countries.’
      unfriendliness, lack of understanding, lack of sympathy, lack of warmth, chilliness, coldness, coolness, frigidity, aloofness, distance, remoteness, unresponsiveness
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    3. 1.3 A depressing influence.
      ‘his statements have cast a chill over this whole country’
      • ‘Besides, the ban on federal funding for most embryonic cell research has put a chill on the whole field.’
      • ‘This remark, delivered in an offhand fashion, suddenly cast a rather sinister chill over the whole proceedings.’
    4. 1.4 A sudden and powerful feeling of fear.
      ‘a chill ran down my spine’
      ‘his words sent a chill of apprehension down my spine’
      • ‘He could faintly feel their broken thoughts and a chill of terror came down his spine.’
      • ‘In the heat of the inferno, she felt a chill of fear go down her back.’
      • ‘Sully ignored the sudden chill that flashed through him.’
      • ‘He feels a clench of chill around his heart, remembering Lex's rant earlier.’
      • ‘Even at the tender age of nine, I felt a chill of foreboding run down my spine.’
      • ‘A chill of descending trouble came onto me, wave after wave.’
      • ‘While this way of seeing things might induce a sense of religious awe, it can also send a chill of terror through one.’
      • ‘I put my slippers back on and started up the stairs when a shrill cold scream sent a chill down my spine.’
      • ‘Leaving gentle Ecuador behind and entering this unpredictable land sent a chill of anticipation through me.’
      • ‘He exhaled slowly as he began walking towards the diner and Alex got a chill just from the cold look in his pale eyes.’
      • ‘His glassy eyes turned to stone and she felt a sudden chill of apprehension.’
      • ‘Shobeck enters the dungeon and a cold chill went down Veria's back.’
      • ‘Moni-chan shrugged again, this time trying to shake off the sneaking chill of fear.’
      • ‘What flashed out in bold letters ran a chill of horror up my spine.’
      • ‘A sudden, unexpected chill ran down Adriane's spine, and she looked up.’
      • ‘Now don't tell me that a chill of fear won't run through your body.’
      • ‘And deep inside, a chill of fear ran down the bones of her spine.’
      • ‘A chill of fear swept over her and goosebumps sprang over her arms.’
      • ‘A chill of fear runs down my spine as I see a small hint of anger upon Matt's face, even though he is trying to keep it emotionless.’
      • ‘Mike felt another chill when he found no one in his room.’
  • 2A metal mold or part of a mold, often cooled, designed to ensure rapid or even cooling of metal during casting.

    • ‘Thus, dry sand cores often are used in green sand molds, and metal chills can be used in sand molds to accelerate local cooling.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (someone) cold.

    ‘I'm chilled to the bone’
    • ‘He closed his eyes in hope of gaining some sleep himself, but the cold chilled him and did not allow him to sleep.’
    • ‘Another cold blast of wind came up, chilling Belle more.’
    • ‘A soft breeze was blowing across the bay, one that chills you even though it's not that cold.’
    • ‘Suddenly, she felt a cold breath along her neck, chilling her and at the same time burning her.’
    • ‘It was cold, and the wind blew around him, chilling him.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the guru, chilled by the cold water, became conscious.’
    • ‘He tucked the covers around her tightly, but she was chilled to the bone.’
    • ‘I loved the feeling of the coldness in that moment, the wind chilling me, numbing my skin.’
    • ‘Mei-Feng hugged her body slightly, the cold breeze chilling her once more, and headed up the steps, into her house, and slipped into her bed for the night.’
    • ‘The room was a little cold, and the sweat chilled him, causing his skin to prickle.’
    • ‘A cold breeze chilled her instantly and she shivered, naked in a diminishing pool of water.’
    • ‘The cold chilled Susan, slowing her down, making it harder to avoid him.’
    • ‘Though it was midsummer, the mornings at Glastonbury were still cold and could chill a person to the bone.’
    • ‘By the time I got there I was already chilled to the bone and was starting to have a few doubts as to whether I had bitten of more than I could chew.’
    • ‘Her tears were like ice, freezing on her face and chilling her all over.’
    • ‘It seemed as though I was chilled to the bone even though I should have been very warm.’
    • ‘With the wintry air blowing over him and chilling him even further, he felt colder than he had in the river.’
    • ‘Then the girls take off, ears ringing and bare shoulders chilled by the cold midnight air, to the place blocks away where their ride is waiting.’
    • ‘He stirred and opened his eyes again he reached out and touched my face, his fingers so cold that they chilled me.’
    • ‘I am instantly chilled by the ‘crispness’ of the morning, but by the time I have walked the ten minute brisk trot to the station, I am lovely and warm.’
    1. 1.1 Cool (food or drink), typically in a refrigerator.
      ‘chill the soup slightly before serving’
      • ‘The wine was not chilled sufficiently, and the waiter took longer than 30 seconds to arrive with a new bottle.’
      • ‘This dish is at its best when it has been chilled for 24 hours.’
      • ‘On the day of the grand tasting the wine was chilled, the dinner was prepared and four sturdy brown paper bags were already hiding the mystery bottles.’
      • ‘Purée the fruit until totally smooth, then cool and chill this as well.’
      • ‘It should be chilled slightly before drinking, three-quarters of an hour in the fridge is about right.’
      • ‘Before serving, chill the wine well, but do not freeze it.’
      • ‘It was a terrible game but the sun shone gloriously throughout and the wine was chilled to perfection.’
      • ‘Salad was made, potatoes were wrapped in foil, buns were grilled, beer was chilled.’
      • ‘Silvian advocates braising the brisket at least one day before serving it, then chilling the meat and sauce separately.’
      • ‘Do not cram the refrigerator so full that cold air can't circulate freely to chill food.’
      • ‘The advice from United Utilities is to chill tap water before drinking, to give a better taste.’
      • ‘If you chill the foods once bacteria have proliferated, they will not suddenly disappear.’
      • ‘The Romans used to chill perishable foods by packing them in snow brought from the Alps, using straw to insulate the snow and keep it from melting both on the journey and in use.’
      • ‘The dessert is chilled until it sets and is usually turned out onto a plate to make an attractive plateau shape like a flan, but you can also serve it in dishes or glasses.’
      • ‘In its solid form, known as dry ice, it is used to chill perishable food during transport.’
      • ‘Chill the pie for at least four hours, then top with whipped cream and garnish with reserved strawberry halves.’
      • ‘Take the phone off the hook, switch the mobile off, ignore the knock at the front door, chill the wine.’
      • ‘For a picnic, chill the strawberries and cream separately, take them along in a cool box, and assemble them on site.’
      • ‘After I chilled the dough, it pretty much turned into a buttery, sugary rock.’
      • ‘The champagne should be chilled for at least four hours before serving and after opening should be kept in an ice bucket.’
      make cold, make colder, cool, cool down, cool off
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    2. 1.2no object (of food or drink) be cooled by chilling.
      ‘the beers are chilling in the cooler’
      • ‘The welcome even extends to a grocery service-no slogging around the supermarket in the first hours of your holiday or waiting for the beers to chill in the fridge!’
      • ‘A half bottle of Beaumes de Venise, which incidentally, is my weakness, was chilling in the fridge.’
      • ‘The champagne is already chilling in the fridge.’
      • ‘Happy that I made it through my goal workout, with little incident, I'm headed for the home made guacamole that is chilling in my fridge!’
      • ‘And a bowl of juicy ripe fruit was placed on the table and a bottle of sparkling wine was chilling nicely in the silver cooler.’
      • ‘Pour this mixture on to the fudge base and the condensed fudge, then beat until smooth and allow to chill.’
      • ‘Pat takes a long shower while the beer chills in the freezer.’
      • ‘Leave the filled moulds to chill overnight in the fridge.’
      • ‘The artist surveyed his studio just as the sun dropped behind the old McGraw-Hill Building, checked the bottle of Sancerre chilling in his half-sized fridge, quickly dumped Terra chips into a bowl, rearranged his art press for the umpteenth time.’
      • ‘I'll often leave the dough to chill overnight, because if the dough is not chilled it will not roll out properly and the cookies will not cut easily.’
      • ‘Six Ceduna Bay oysters were chilling on a bed of ice, topped with a mixture of shaved leek, soy sauce, lemon juice, wasabi and delicately garnished with a thin sheet of nori.’
      • ‘They looked absolutely domesticated sitting around a candle-lit table with a bottle of wine chilling in a crystal container.’
      • ‘Mash it - do NOT add any milk/water/butter/ margarine - then let it chill in the fridge.’
      • ‘On a nearby table, he'd carefully arranged a bottle of champagne, in ice, another one chilled on the window.’
  • 2Horrify or frighten (someone)

    ‘the city was chilled by the violence’
    ‘a chilling account of the prisoners' fate’
    • ‘Defiantly magical During the flash, she also saw something that terrified her and chilled her to the bone.’
    • ‘The initial combat scenes are well directed, chilling and very unsettling, but the events that follow, the courtroom sequences in particular, are hackneyed and dull.’
    • ‘He seemed at first to be an inconsequential man, just a loyal retainer, but hurt by Amelia's betrayal he was goaded to anger - real anger, that was chilling and frightening.’
    • ‘The attack bears chilling similarities to recent violent car crimes.’
    • ‘The scene is described in novelist Truman Capote's chilling account of the killings, In Cold Blood.’
    • ‘The frightful human cost of those years is spelled out with chilling clarity in UNICEF figures.’
    • ‘Burns not only tells the story of Johnson's rise and fall from sport's greatness, he also frames it with chilling accounts of the times in which Johnson lived.’
    • ‘Iris Chang, whose grandparents escaped the city just before it fell, has written a brilliant and chilling account of this terrible war chapter.’
    • ‘His change in tone frightened her and she knew that his next words would chill her to the bone.’
    • ‘A sudden stiff breeze came, blowing back his thick, dark-brown hair, and chilling him with fright.’
    • ‘Well Larry, I think one reason that this case is so chilling and so disturbing is that this girl and this mother did everything right.’
    • ‘What scared Emma - what chilled her to the core in fact - was what these once ordinary, normal people had become.’
    • ‘During their ordeal they were subjected to chilling threats of violence by the robbers who claimed to have kept them under surveillance for weeks.’
    • ‘His remarks came after more UK victims of the tragedy were named and as chilling new accounts of the moments leading up to the disaster emerged.’
    • ‘Stanger's voice, his alarm, chilled her and she pulled away abruptly.’
    • ‘There are chilling accounts of dawn raids on sleeping Aboriginal camps.’
    • ‘Their account is chilling not only in its detail but in how it reminds us of a cold truth about our community.’
    • ‘It chilled her, even frightened her, but she soon awoke to an even more startling reality than before: Kojiro was not kidding.’
    • ‘Yet, by cautiously placing precious melodies in the heart of his soundscapes, Octavius creates with this album a disturbingly chilling cinematic piece of work.’
    • ‘Dressed in a white shirt and black skirt with her hair in a single ponytail, she gave a calm but chilling account of the ordeal she and Peter Falconio went through in July 2001.’
    scare, frighten, petrify, terrify, alarm, appal, disturb, disquiet, unsettle
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  • 3also chill outinformal no object Calm down and relax.

    ‘I can lean back and chill’
    ‘chill out, okay?’
    • ‘Dan and I chilled out for the rest of the day, ending up going to the movies and watching King Kong.’
    • ‘They were thinking of getting a second home, somewhere to chill out and relax, said Mrs Moran, 42, and were thinking of a property in Cornwall.’
    • ‘‘I've been trying hard, but I played so badly on Tuesday that I decided to just chill out and relax,’ said White.’
    • ‘Sure, we're at an early stage with broadband - just chill out and relax…’
    • ‘What we have tried to create in the past are clubs and retreats where people can relax and chill out.’
    • ‘You can chill out and relax, surfing the web if your not too busy, safe in the knowledge that no one is looking for you to do something by such and such a time.’
    • ‘I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to the rest and chilling out for a few days.’
    • ‘But then I tended to use the flat to relax in, to chill out after a hectic shift at the restaurant.’
    • ‘The opportunity to properly relax and chill out with Gail in front of the box was seized enthusiastically.’
    • ‘In the rave setting, enthusiasts use cannabis to relax and chill out.’
    • ‘For a complete contrast, Villasimius, a small town on the islands south east corner, is an area of exceptional natural beauty for those who really want to chill out and unwind.’
    • ‘It was much nicer to have the road to myself (having said that, relatively speaking it was actually quite busy) and then have the rest of the day chilling out at home.’
    • ‘Rendell's agenda has largely become state law, you would think he would calm down or chill out.’
    • ‘I never relaxed, and chilled out, and did the things I enjoyed doing.’
    • ‘Cool nights and streets that are free of the traffic snarls and pollution which plague Bangkok mean it's the ideal place to chill out and relax.’
    • ‘A little bit of shopping followed before chilling out for the rest of the day and getting stuff ready for Sunday.’
    • ‘Time is really flying and in the pre-Christmas rush it is difficult to relax and chill out.’
    • ‘Spent the rest of the afternoon chilling out by Hellshire and sampling some serious fried fish and eye candy.’
    • ‘Hawke's Bay's junior world rowing champion Emma Twigg could be excused if she wanted to chill out and relax this week in her first visit home since capturing gold.’
    • ‘The Federal became both my liming spot (as in chilling out, relaxing), and my evening school.’
    relax, unwind, calm down, cool down, cool off, ease off, ease up, take it easy, rest, put one's feet up
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    1. 3.1 Pass time without a particular aim or purpose, especially with other people.
      ‘we had a week at home and we chilled out’
      • ‘Was chilling out with some new friends last night, watching The Labyrinth and some weird Japanese movie.’
      • ‘After hours of talking and chilling out, Kitana left to go to a friend's house while Kayami sat in the dining room with her notebook propped open, waiting for Alex to arrive.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be long before they'd surrender and ask if they could just sit quietly on a towel and chill.’
      • ‘It's quite an experience for some, but noodle bar owners know that there are some who prefer a great atmosphere to eat their noodles in while chilling out with friends.’
      • ‘These would be somewhere where you could chill out, listen to music, chat to your friends.’
      • ‘And the singer says in her own words that it's her prerogative right now to just chill.’
      • ‘Since I'm not really the type to go out and hit on women, or go out to clubs and just chill, I was pretty much excluded in these activities.’
      • ‘Great place to chill out with friends, or get the girl of your dreams for a date.’
      • ‘We loved it - absolutely fantastic for chilling out with friends.’
      • ‘Sometimes, but I don't like to go to bars or nightclubs - usually just chill out with my friends or girlfriend.’
      • ‘It's full of laid back tunes that will make you wish you were on the beach chilling out with friends.’
      • ‘He was just chilling out with friends at various places but he was, because of his track record, asked to do things here and there.’
      • ‘I enjoy rugby, skiing and chilling out with friends.’
      • ‘I used to chill out all day and play football at night with my friends.’
      • ‘So other than my heartbreak during the week, I am now looking forward to heading for sunny Spain with my friend and just chilling out for two weeks, but don't worry I already have plenty of sunblock!’
      • ‘I figured we'd go chill with the guys for a while, since you seemed like you really wanted to meet the band, but they can't stay long.’
      • ‘In summer, the place is full of people chilling out, and having fun, and always has a friendly atmosphere.’
      • ‘It's a bit feverish in the comments boxes, so let's take a couple tablets of Theology and chill, shall we?’
      • ‘Whether you're spending the holidays with your family or chilling out with your friends, you'll want to look great.’
      unwind, loosen up, ease off, ease up, let up, slow down, de-stress, unbend, rest, repose, put one's feet up, take it easy, take time off, take time out, slack off, be at leisure, take one's leisure, take one's ease, laze, luxuriate, do nothing, sit back, lounge, loll, slump, flop, idle, loaf, enjoy oneself, amuse oneself, play, entertain oneself
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adjective

  • 1Chilly.

    ‘the chill gray dawn’
    figurative ‘the chill winds of public censure’
    • ‘The battle is one being waged in many parts of the world, as governments open emerging economies to the chill wind of international competition.’
    • ‘Cheered by her friendliness, I forgot about the chill wind and my impending rendezvous with a sleeping bag on a cold, hard floor in a council flat.’
    • ‘A chill wind of financial reality is blowing through football now that the riches provided by television companies are drying up.’
    • ‘A crisp, chill wind bit at our exposed faces as we walked along designated walkways to the terminal; despite the cold, I found an extra vigour in my step.’
    • ‘Though a chill wind is rehearsing for winter, now is the perfect time to eat icy treats and apples are the ingredient of the season’
    • ‘With the return of grey skies and chill winds, what better than a concert promising a hint of warmer climes?’
    • ‘It served up nothing worse than a rather chill wind that carried off a few of the actors' lines.’
    • ‘But five years later I dumped the first pension because the fund was underperforming and a chill wind was blowing through the pensions industry.’
    • ‘A chill wind is blowing in the corridors of the world's anti-espionage agencies.’
    • ‘Only a slight, chill wind dared to slip among the crumbling buildings.’
    • ‘Back outside the day centre in Inverness, a chill wind blew off the Moray Firth, a foretaste of the approaching winter.’
    • ‘Then, up came a chill wind, so I decided I'd take a break for coffee.’
    • ‘It rained, a fine, misty, penetrating rain, driven by a chill wind.’
    • ‘The young man stood motionless for a few minutes, freezing in the chill wind and rain, as if not wanting to believe what had happened was true.’
    • ‘On a bleak, grey afternoon with a chill wind coming from the North Sea barely 100 yards away, Stanley took control of the game early on and the home side rarely threatened.’
    • ‘We sat outside for a few minutes, facing into the sun with squinty eyes, and then a chill wind blew in, covered the entire sky, and chucked a squall of rain our way.’
    • ‘It will have a devastating effect on the global economic situation and all businesses in Scotland and around the world could as a consequence feel the chill winds of recession.’
    • ‘The chill winds take away the strain of the journey.’
    • ‘Totally exposed, the little structure seems untroubled by the chill wind blowing through it.’
    • ‘Second, every slogan, every panacea, no matter how sound in theory, needs to survive in the chill wind of reality.’
    cold, chilly, cool, crisp, fresh, brisk
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  • 2North American informal Very relaxed or easygoing.

    ‘the island is really chill and laid-back’
    ‘I'm kind of a relaxed, chill guy’
    • ‘But quickly the piece settles down into a more soulful, chill pace, constructed from a rapid-fire series of laid-back instrumental segments.’
    • ‘What they need is more unstructured time, more 'chill time.'’
    • ‘He's so chill.’
    • ‘With a chill vibe and harmonious R&B crooning, it's more than a little reminiscent of Fantastic's "Players".’
    • ‘It doesn't really seem to have been put together with the serious classical collector in mind, but it is an enjoyable late-night indulgence for the "chill" crowd.’
    • ‘Anyway, we're going to meet Stasia and Michael at this real chill place called Midnight Run.’
    • ‘Craig says while friends back east are "very chill" about his luxury Hummer, which is based on the military Humvee workhorse, people in northern California aren't quite as tolerant.’
    • ‘At just before seven minutes in, the band settles into a chill mid-tempo groove conducive to minor head-nodding.’
    • ‘Oh yeah - and it comes from lovely Ann Arbor, a chill college town that rivals any other.’
    • ‘More assertive than ambient, but more chill than club music.’

Phrases

  • chill someone's blood

    • Horrify or terrify someone.

      • ‘The wind swept and howled around them, chilling their blood and making leaves hit their bodies and faces, as though it was trying to slow them down.’
      • ‘There was just enough light for me to make out his face, and he wore an expression of concern that nearly chilled my blood in my veins.’
      • ‘It chilled her blood to think how close Aunt Sally was, comfortably watching television, while not 20 feet away, Kait was on her hands and knees in the dark, fearing for her life.’
      • ‘A wolf howled in the distance, only chilling his blood more.’
      • ‘As for the smell of chlorinated water, it chills my blood to the bone.’
      • ‘I jumped down to the ground to meet her, fear chilling my blood.’
      • ‘A single thing in that pile chilled Melanie 's blood.’
      • ‘Just the thought of it is enough to chill a man 's blood.’
      • ‘The single gleam of wickedness in his eyes was enough to chill her blood.’
      • ‘Does this chill your blood (as it does mine) or do you believe in the justified revenge of ‘an eye for an eye’?’
      • ‘And tales of the tight 2003 title climax will not chill this man 's blood.’
      • ‘His heart pounded, his eyes widened, and an icy whisper chilled his blood.’
      • ‘The indignation spreads through his veins, chilling his blood.’
      • ‘The fear that must have chilled their blood, the horror and awe that rooted him to this spot in the middle of the road, was as powerful as the storm itself.’
      • ‘She screamed, a long, shrill scream, one devoid of any hope, a scream that emptied her lungs and chilled Jevantze 's blood.’
      • ‘If the skulking figure made him suspicious, the scream that followed minutes later chilled his blood and threw him into action.’
      • ‘The very notion of stepping into the proverbial line of fire chilled her blood.’
      • ‘When her blindfold was removed the true identity of her captor chilled her blood.’
      • ‘Just the sensation of these energies at work chilled her blood.’
      • ‘Macbeth looked Schim in the eyes and smiled as he pushed back his hood to reveal his face, a sight which chilled Schim 's blood though he had seen it many times before.’
      scare, frighten, petrify, terrify, alarm, appal, disturb, disquiet, unsettle
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  • take the chill off

    • Warm slightly.

      • ‘Eating something warm took the chill off 29%, while 18% cuddled up under the duvet to watch TV.’
      • ‘With a fondue I can dip my meat in for a couple of seconds to take the chill off, while my guests reduce it to a little wizened lump of charcoal, but as long as all parties are happy, who cares.’
      • ‘It's a suitably rustic setting, with exposed stone and a roaring fireplace that takes the chill off a cold winter's night.’
      • ‘A few years ago LaMarche and his partner, Josee Savard, purchased large gas heaters to take the chill off on bad days.’
      • ‘So I turned the volume down and turned on the little heater to take the chill off & hit the snooze button for 10 minutes.’
      • ‘We can endure in our churches enough warmth to take the chill off, but more than this is offensive.’
      • ‘Adding a heat lamp to a bathroom to take the chill off on cold mornings.’
      • ‘So I slipped it in the microwave to take the chill off it, waited for a couple of minutes and put it down for Harry to enjoy.’
      • ‘It's a great pudding for a family lunch, but remember to take it out of the fridge a little early to take the chill off it.’
      • ‘The effect of the hot tea bag, and still-warm mug, is to take the chill off the milk - and impregnate it with a mild tea flavour.’
      • ‘Like white, it was an easy option - you could paint the whole house in it - and its creamy warmth took the chill off rooms.’
      • ‘Bahzell had the second watch, and when Tothas turned in at last, it was to find the hradani had gotten up early and tucked a heated stone into his blankets to take the chill off them.’
      • ‘Electric heating will take the chill off a room and is ideal under a limestone or tiled bathroom floor.’
      heat, heat up, become warm, make warm, become hot, make hot, raise the temperature of, increase in temperature, thaw, thaw out, melt, take the chill off
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Origin

Old English cele, ciele ‘cold, coldness’, of Germanic origin; related to cold.

Pronunciation

chill

/tʃɪl//CHil/