He'd taken the bullet low in the spine, and he'd not have another erection in this life.
“The lack of signature by you sends chills up my spine,” Graham says.
Intellectual expertise justifying the most cautious approach is the (soft) spine of the liberal status quo.
c.1400, "backbone," later "thornlike part" (early 15c.), from Old French espine (French épine), from Latin spina "backbone," originally "thorn, prickle," from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (cf. Latin spica "ear of corn," Old Norse spikr "nail;" see spike (n.1)). Meaning "the back of a book" is first attested 1922.
See spinal column.
Any of various short pointed projections, processes, or appendages of bone.