blood curdling

bloodcurdling

[bluhd-kurd-ling, -kur-dl-ing]
adjective
arousing terror; horrifying: a bloodcurdling scream.

Origin:
1930–35; blood + curdle + -ing2

bloodcurdlingly, adverb
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bloodcurdling (ˈblʌdˌkɜːdlɪŋ)
 
adj
terrifying; horrifying
 
'bloodcurdlingly
 
adv

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bloodcurdling
1889, bloodcurdler "incident which freezes the blood," especially "sensational story," slang, from blood + curdle. Also in use in this sense was blood-freezer (1886).
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