And though topical humor tends to be transitory, a really bad gag can take on a life of its own and curdle a political career.
No matter what the subject, he came up with a sound bite that could curdle milk.
The milk, which has been allowed to curdle spontaneously, is skimmed and allowed to drain.
Stir until the mixture thickens, being careful it does not curdle.
Stephen gave him the look with which he was accustomed to curdle the blood of persons who gave evidence before Commissions.
Then add the yolks of the eggs; let them thicken in the sauce, but be careful not to curdle them.
Return to the fire, make it hot, but be careful not to let it boil, as it will curdle.
Stir this until it is smoking hot, but be careful not to boil, or it will curdle.
When the egg begins to curdle add salt and pepper to taste—but do not put them in until the last.
His lemon-like aspect must curdle the blood of all his patients.
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).
To offend; disgust: ''It curdles me'' ¼ ''I loathe it'' (1940s+)