quake in (one's) boots

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quake in (one's) boots

To tremble with fear or nervousness. (Sometimes said sarcastically.) My brother is so strong and scary-looking that people quake in their boots when he threatens them. Ooh, I'm really scared of you! I'm quaking in my boots, you frighten me so!
See also: boot, quake
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Or, at the very least, we isolate ourselves and quake in our boots whenever another world power looks askance at us.
Forget Osama bin Laden or the Grim Reaper, what really makes us quake in our boots is - a spider.