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Freeze one's blood fill one with a sudden feeling of great fear or horror. The idea of the blood congealing at such a moment goes back to the late medieval period; the actual phrase is used in Hamlet, when the Ghost tells his son that he ‘could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would…freeze thy young blood.’

See also cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.


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