hard pressed to suppress a shudder

  • jacdac

    Senior Member
    What does this expression mean in English? Just came across it in Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King:
    He told himself to stop jumping at shadows, but that was hard to do. If Warden Coates went down, who would that leave until Hicksie got back? If Hicksie got back. Lampley? Him? Clint thought about what it would be like to become acting warden, and had to suppress a shudder.

    Context: Clint has lost his temper.

    Thank you.
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