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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 at 1:53

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


Your example:

Adrenaline rushed through his veins


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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