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convulse with (something)

To shake or seize with something (such as a physical display of emotion). The wife of the victim convulsed with sobs at his funeral. After being outside in the snow for so long, Cathy started convulsing with shivers.
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convulse someone with something

to cause someone to quake or jerk because of pain or emotion. (Can be physical or figurative; see examples.) He convulsed with abdominal pain from something he ate. The audience was convulsed with laughter.
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Giving evidence at today's inquest, Det Supt Keith Gardner said that minutes later Mr Marshall became very ill and started to have fits and convulse.
Ryan was only 8 hours old when his body began to convulse from his first brain seizure.
Justin Schmidt, ant expert, said that if the bullet ant bits, one's muscles become incredibly weak, body convulses, lips swell and eyelids droop.
As Europe convulses over seemingly unpayable debts and other economic troubles, British novelist and journalist A.
She is relieved I am not crying-- my crying is strange for her-- but I cannot hide what convulses the body: it is not her grief as I rise except that it is mine except that you are my mother-- this much she understands although you never wanted to know her.
EVERY FEW centuries the Christian community convulses in a period of acute upheaval.