shiver my timbers

An exclamation of surprise, disbelief or annoyance, mostly associated with pirates.

Why, shiver my timbers, if I hadnt forgotten my score !" And, falling on a bench, he laughed until the tears ran down his cheeks.


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  • shiver my timbers — ► shiver my timbers a mock oath attributed to sailors. Main Entry: ↑shiver …   English terms dictionary

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  • shiver my timbers — a mock oath attributed to sailors. → the shivers …   English new terms dictionary

  • shiver — Ⅰ. shiver [1] ► VERB ▪ shake slightly and uncontrollably as a result of being cold, frightened, or excited. ► NOUN 1) a momentary trembling movement. 2) (the shivers) a spell or attack of shivering. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • shiver — {{11}}shiver (n.) small piece, c.1200, probably related to M.L.G. schever, schiver splinter, from P.Gmc. *skif split (Cf. O.H.G. skivaro, Ger. Schiefer splinter, slate ). Commonly in phrases to shivers. Also, shiver is still dialectal for… …   Etymology dictionary

  • shiver — I. /ˈʃɪvə / (say shivuh) verb (i) 1. to shake or tremble with cold, fear, excitement, etc. 2. (of a sail) to shake when too close to the wind. –noun 3. a tremulous motion; a tremble or quiver. –phrase 4. cold shivers, a sensation of fear, anxiety …   Australian English dictionary

  • shiver — shiver1 verb shake slightly and uncontrollably as a result of being cold, frightened, or excited. noun a momentary trembling movement. ↘(the shivers) a spell or attack of shivering. Derivatives shiverer noun shivering adjective shiveringly adverb …   English new terms dictionary

  • shiver — 1. v. & n. v.intr. 1 tremble with cold, fear, etc. 2 suffer a quick trembling movement of the body; shudder. n. 1 a momentary shivering movement. 2 (in pl.) an attack of shivering, esp. from fear or horror (got the shivers in the dark).… …   Useful english dictionary

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