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in fear and trembling

Cliché with anxiety or fear; with dread. In fear and trembling, I went into the room to take the test. The witness left the courtroom in fear and trembling.
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tremble at something

to shake with fear or anticipation at the thought of something. David trembled at the thought of having to go to Russia by himself. Carl trembled at the idea of winning first place.
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tremble from something

to shake or vibrate in response to something like an explosion or an earthquake. The house trembled from the blast. I could feel the bridge trembling from the minor earthquake that I was hearing about on the radio.
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tremble with something

to tremble because of something. The children trembled with fear during the storm. David trembled with rage when he saw his slashed tires.
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in fear and ˈtrembling (of somebody/something)

(written) feeling very frightened or anxious: They lived in fear and trembling of being discovered by the police.
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when I came to, I was so tremblingly afraid of my own insanity that I wrote Night and Day mainly to prove to my own satisfaction that I could keep entirely off that dangerous ground.
Here the sex of the voyeur is less important than the (male) poet's expression of lust for the male form; the voyeur goes so far as to imagine "An unseen hand also pass'd over their bodies/It descended tremblingly from their temples and ribs.
water for which we tremblingly hold a divining rod in our hands.
Further, it is the name given to a protagonist, in Jane Austen's "Love and Freindship," who is "all Sensibility and Feeling," a heroine who is recognized as "most truly worthy of the Name" by the equally sentimental Laura, herself possessed of "[a] sensibility too tremblingly alive" (MW 78, 85).
Beethoven's great melody entered almost tremblingly, gaining in warmth and affirmation, crowned eventually by the glorious projection and diction of the CBSO Chorus, singing (of course) from memory.
It picked up pace when a handful of freakish rejects from the auditions appeared after a medley of the most painfully funny moments from those early days - one of them the Japanese Simon Cowell fan - who was so tremblingly off key she had one reviewer welling up a little.
Hence Laura in Love and Freindship (1790), written when Austen was fourteen, informs her correspondent that a "sensibility too tremblingly alive to every affliction of my Freinds, my Acquaintance and particularly to every affliction of my own, was my only fault, if a fault it could be called" (3).
NF, PN:] So to Miriam, Christ and God made one great figure, which she loved tremblingly and passionately when a tremendous sunset burned out the western sky, and Ediths, and Lucys, and Rowenas, Brian de Bois Guilberts, Rob Roys, and Guy Mannerings, rustled the sunny leaves in the morning, or sat in her bedroom aloft, alone, when it snowed.
I recall enjoying Massimo Bontempelli and another Italian, whose name, regrettably, escapes me, in one of whose stories the young hero tremblingly rings the enchanting heroine's doorbell.
Her "absolute" power expressed itself in her dominance over the management of the theatre, while her rights to those powers were ritualized on the stage itself, where her bravura performance symbolized a kind of Napoleonic self-crowning John Sterland remembered Catalani's reliance on the "spell" of virtuoso performance itself by which she "enchained" her audience: "Hours after hearing her--in the calmness of the closet--you might tremblingly question the purity of her taste, or even the correctness of her intonation; but while present to your eye and ear, she carried you by storm, even against your better judgment" (72).
my cramped and throbbing embrace, and dismount tremblingly from her
Yoriko's hand creeps tremblingly down his abdomen, and before heading for the pubic region, takes a detour to the groin where it hesitates gloomily like a melancholy maiden.
Artifice seems to be redeemed by the autobiographer of "imagination" (102), who can "express feelings tremblingly alive" and "effuse his inflammable soul in burning periods" (103).