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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
1580-1590
1580-90; curd + -le
Related forms
curdler, noun
noncurdling, adjective, noun
uncurdled, adjective
uncurdling, adjective
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  • Add prawn stock, followed by coconut milk, stirring all the time to prevent curdling until it comes to boil.
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  • Relaxing for the first time into the normality of a loving family holiday, her happiness is shattered by a blood-curdling scream.
  • It gives a blood-curdling, nightmarish picture or monstrous disorder in a public school.
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  • The paint shall show no curdling, livering, caking lumps or skins upon opening of container.
British Dictionary definitions for curdling

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 curdling

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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for curdling

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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