According to the Cambridge Dictionary definition the phrase "shiver down your spine means:

a frightened or excited feeling:

  • At its most terrifying, his writing sends shivers down my spine.

But the problem is that when the idiom's construction changes as follows:

  • Whenever I hear that music, I feel "a" shiver down my spine.

I was wondering if there are two different idioms structurally when it comes to the verbs "send" and "feel":

  • Send shivers down one's spine


  • Feel a shiver down one's spine

or the construction:

  • feel shivers down one's spine

is correct too?

Please let me know about it.

1 Answer 1


Your examples are all fine. The expression works in many arrangements. At Lexico you will find 22 examples of both 'shiver' and 'shivers' used in a variety of constructions. (Look for shiver1 then NOUN. You need the first definition. Then open "more example sentences".)

It may also be helpful to look at the the next definition (1.1 - the shivers), if only to differentiate between them.

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