blood-curdling


blood-curdling
blood-curdling also bloodcurdling, 1817, from BLOOD (Cf. blood) + prp. of CURDLE (Cf. curdle). Also formerly with a noun form, bloodcurdler "incident which freezes the blood," especially "sensational story," 1877, slang; also in use in this sense was blood-freezer (1886).

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  • blood-curdling — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ horrifying; very frightening …   English terms dictionary

  • blood-curdling — ▶ adjective TERRIFYING, frightening, spine chilling, chilling, hair raising, horrifying, alarming; eerie, sinister, horrible; Scottish eldritch; informal scary. * * * ˈblood curdling [blood curdling …   Useful english dictionary

  • blood-curdling — also bloodcurdling ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A blood curdling sound or story is very frightening and horrible. Scottish history has its share of blood curdling tales. ... a bloodcurdling battle cry …   English dictionary

  • blood-curdling — adj. Blood curdling is used with these nouns: ↑shriek …   Collocations dictionary

  • blood-curdling — adjective a blood curdling scream Syn: terrifying, frightening, bone chilling, spine tingling, chilling, hair raising, horrifying, alarming; eerie, sinister, horrible; informal spooky …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • blood-curdling — adjective horrifying; very frightening …   English new terms dictionary

  • blood-curdling scream — scream which is frightening, scream of horror …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Blood — (bl[u^]d), n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl[=o]d; akin to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. bl[=o][thorn], Icel. bl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E. blow to bloom. See {Blow} to bloom.] 1. The fluid which circulates in the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blood baptism — Blood Blood (bl[u^]d), n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl[=o]d; akin to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. bl[=o][thorn], Icel. bl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E. blow to bloom. See {Blow} to bloom.] 1. The fluid which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blood blister — Blood Blood (bl[u^]d), n. [OE. blod, blood, AS. bl[=o]d; akin to D. bloed, OHG. bluot, G. blut, Goth. bl[=o][thorn], Icel. bl[=o][eth], Sw. & Dan. blod; prob. fr. the same root as E. blow to bloom. See {Blow} to bloom.] 1. The fluid which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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