be quaking in (one's) boots

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be quaking in (one's) boots

To be trembling with fear or nervousness. Often said sarcastically. Ooh, I'm really scared of you! I'm quaking in my boots, you frighten me so!
See also: boot, quake

be quaking in your boots

If someone is quaking in their boots, they are very frightened about something that is about to happen. If you stand up straight you'll give an impression of self confidence even if you're quaking in your boots. Note: Verbs such as shake, shiver, and tremble are sometimes used instead of quake. Someone had to tell the packed club that he wouldn't be appearing — you can imagine me shaking in my boots.
See also: boot, quake
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The Raith Rovers full-back had a chuckle when he read Jason Cummings saying the Fifers would be quaking in their boots at the prospect of playing them in the play-offs.
EVERY illegal immigrant in the land will be quaking in their boots after the Home Office unveiled its new plan to get rid of them.
He said: "If they were watching us today then I don't think they would exactly be quaking in their boots.
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At last members of the IRA must be quaking in their boots.
I don't think Stagecoach will be quaking in their boots.