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curdle

[ kur-dl ]
/ ˈkɜr dl /
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verb (used with or without object), cur·dled, cur·dling.
to change into curd; coagulate; congeal.
to spoil; turn sour.
to go wrong; turn bad or fail: Their friendship began to curdle as soon as they became business rivals.
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Idioms about curdle

    curdle the / one's blood, to fill a person with horror or fear; terrify: a scream that curdled the blood.

Origin of curdle

First recorded in 1580–90; curd + -le

OTHER WORDS FROM curdle

curdler, nounnon·cur·dling, adjective, nounun·cur·dled, adjectiveun·cur·dling, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for curdle

curdle
/ (ˈkɜːdəl) /

verb
to turn or cause to turn into curd
curdle someone's blood to fill someone with fear

Derived forms of curdle

curdler, noun

Word Origin for curdle

C16 (crudled, past participle): from curd
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