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English definition of “I shudder to think”

I shudder to think

said when you are worried about something unpleasant that might happen or might have happened: I shudder to think what my parents will say when I tell them I've failed my exams.Anxious and worried
(Definition of I shudder to think from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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