blood to salt

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  • Joelline

    Senior Member
    American English
    The child (urchin) is so frightened of the woman (whom he believes to be dead) that it is as if his blood had turned to salt. This is a hyperbolic expression used to illustrate the child's fear. The fact that there was no reason to be so frightened of the woman is expressed in the following sentence: "The woman floundered for a moment, tossed her arms about her head as if in combat, and again began to snore."

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    Australian Australia
    Would it make sense to you if you substituted 'froze the blood in his veins'?

    Suddenly her eyes opened. The urchin found himself looking
    straight into that expression, which, it would seem, had the power
    to freeze the blood in his veins. He howled piercingly and fell
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