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  1. shiver my timbersinterjection

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


  1. Shiver my timbers

    Shiver my timbers is an exclamation in the form of a mock oath usually attributed to the speech of pirates in works of fiction. It is employed as a literary device by authors to express shock, surprise or annoyance. The phrase is based on real nautical slang and is a reference to the timbers, which are the wooden support frames of a sailing ship. In heavy seas, ships would be lifted up and pounded down so hard as to "shiver" the timbers, startling the sailors. Such an exclamation was meant to convey a feeling of fear and awe, similar to, "Well, blow me down!", or, "May God strike me dead". Shiver is also reminiscent of the splintering of a ship's timbers in battle - splinter wounds were a common form of battle injury on wooden ships.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiver my timbers in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiver my timbers in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  • ترتعد الأخشاب بلديArabic
  • zittere mein HolzGerman
  • Τρίψτε τα ξύλα μουGreek
  • ektremu miajn lignojnEsperanto
  • temblar mis maderasSpanish
  • väristä puutaFinnish
  • Frissonner mes boisFrench
  • कंपकंपी मेरे समयHindi
  • Schud mijn houtDutch
  • arrepie minhas madeirasPortuguese
  • înfiorează-mi lemneleRomanian
  • என் மரக்கட்டைகளை நடுங்குங்கள்Tamil
  • میرے timbers ٹکڑاUrdu
  • 顫抖我的木材Chinese

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