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I always find myself using phrases such as "fear shot through him" or "adrenaline shot through his veins" or "a shot of adrenaline coursed through him". What are some other words that I can use to replace shot in these instances?

Fill in the blank: Relief _ through his veins.

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    Coursed. Of course. – Hot Licks Feb 23 '16 at 1:40
  • That would work and it occurred to me, but "shot" has more of an immediate sort of tension to it. "Fear shot through his veins" feels more intense than "fear coursed through his veins". Any other suggestions? – Abs Feb 23 '16 at 1:52
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Adrenaline surged through his veins.

There are also many more creative options, like "Fear roared through his veins," or "Fear tore through his body."

  • That is a good one! – Abs Feb 23 '16 at 1:53
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I always used the noun rush after adrenaline as it means a "rapid, impetuous, or violent onward movement".

Adrenaline rush:

a sudden burst of energy from an increase in the hormone and neurotransmitter adrenaline, esp. increased heart rate and blood pressure, perspiration, blood sugar, and metabolism

[Dictionary.com]

Your example:

Adrenaline rushed through his veins

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Verbs like surge and rush are appropriate for emotions like fear, or chemicals like adrenaline.

However, you ended your question with this one:

Fill in the blank: Relief _______ through his veins.

For something more associated with relaxation than tension, a different set of verbs may be more appropriate.

I would suggest seeped:

Relief seeped through his veins.

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