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British Dictionary definitions for spine-chiller

spine-chiller

noun
  1. a book, film, etc, that arouses terror
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Word Origin and History for spine-chiller

n.

"mystery film," 1940, from spine + agent noun from chill (v.). Spine tingler in same sense is from 1942.

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