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goose bumps

plural noun  /ˈɡusˌbʌmps/ ( also goose flesh,  /ˈɡusˌfleʃ/, goose pimples,  /ˈɡusˌpɪm·pəlz/) us  
a temporary condition in which small raised swellings appear on the skin because of cold, fear, or excitement: Let’s move out into the sun – I’m getting goose bumps.
Translations of “goose bumps”
in Chinese (Traditional) (由於寒冷、害怕或激動而起的)雞皮疙瘩…
in Chinese (Simplified) (由于寒冷、害怕或激动而起的)鸡皮疙瘩…
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