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shudder

verb [I] uk   /ˈʃʌd.ər/ us    //
C2 to shake suddenly with very small movements because of a very unpleasant thought or feeling: The sight of so much blood made him shudder. She shuddered at the thought of kissing him. When something shudders, it shakes violently and quickly: I heard a massive explosion and the ground shuddered beneath me. There was a screech of brakes and the bus shuddered to a halt (= shook violently and stopped).

shudder

noun [C] uk   /ˈʃʌd.ər/ us    //
the act of shuddering: He gave a slight shudder as he considered how near he had come to death. She recalled with a shudder how her boss had once tried to kiss her.figurative America's second biggest supermarket chain has sent a shudder through (= has had a strong effect on) its rivals by slashing its prices.
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