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curdle

[kur-dl] /ˈkɜr dl/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), curdled, curdling.
1.
to change into curd; coagulate; congeal.
2.
to spoil; turn sour.
3.
to go wrong; turn bad or fail:
Their friendship began to curdle as soon as they became business rivals.
Idioms
4.
curdle the / one's blood, to fill a person with horror or fear; terrify:
a scream that curdled the blood.
Origin of curdle
1580-1590
1580-90; curd + -le
Related forms
curdler, noun
noncurdling, adjective, noun
uncurdled, adjective
uncurdling, adjective
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  • The milk, which has been allowed to curdle spontaneously, is skimmed and allowed to drain.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • Stir until the mixture thickens, being careful it does not curdle.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Stephen gave him the look with which he was accustomed to curdle the blood of persons who gave evidence before Commissions.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Then add the yolks of the eggs; let them thicken in the sauce, but be careful not to curdle them.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • Return to the fire, make it hot, but be careful not to let it boil, as it will curdle.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • Stir this until it is smoking hot, but be careful not to boil, or it will curdle.

    Sandwiches Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer
  • When the egg begins to curdle add salt and pepper to taste—but do not put them in until the last.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South Martha McCulloch Williams
  • His lemon-like aspect must curdle the blood of all his patients.

British Dictionary definitions for curdle

curdle

/ˈkɜːdəl/
verb
1.
to turn or cause to turn into curd
2.
curdle someone's blood, to fill someone with fear
Derived Forms
curdler, noun
Word Origin
C16 (crudled, past participle): from curd
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Word Origin and History for curdle
v.

1630s (earlier crudle, 1580s), "to thicken, cause to congeal," frequentative of curd (v.) "to make into curd" (late 14c.; see curd). Of blood, in figurative sense "to inspire horror" from c.1600. Related: Curdled (1590); curdling (c.1700, almost always with reference to blood, in the figurative sense).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for curdle

curdle

verb

To offend; disgust: ''It curdles me'' ¼ ''I loathe it'' (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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