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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A year ago, France was convulsed in its worst street violence since the radical student riots of the 1960s, as Muslim immigrant youths set fire to cars, buses, and hundreds of buildings and clashed with riot police, during a month-long rampage.
Set to a New Age-y soundscape, dancers writhed, convulsed, and behaved as if they were diseased, an effect underscored by their sickly green unitards.
With major cities on three continents convulsed by rioting, arson, and death threats, as journalists from Norway to South Africa to Saudi Arabia risked careers and lives by republishing the cartoons, newspaper editors in the good ol' USA were plundering The Associated Press Stylebook for reasons not to expose their tender readers to a completely inoffensive display.
Anderson (history, Saint Louis U.) describes how seemingly innocuous meetings, lectures, and newsletters of a relative handful of idealistic Catholics convulsed the archdiocese of New Orleans, the Jesuits, the city of New Orleans, and the state of Louisiana.
Martha Gellhorn, the beautiful, talented, chronically restless and just a tad emotionally deranged writer and war reporter, for whom Ernest Hemingway left his Catholic wife and three young sons, was an acute observer who once penned to a friend, "I write like someone screaming." Amended slightly, this vivid phrase captures the convulsed propulsion of existence of a majority of North Americans, about many of whom it could fairly be said, "He (or she) lives like someone screaming." This is certainly true of the already-vanished presidential candidate, Howard Dean, who simply made audible the zeitgeist.
As an extended prehistory of one of the uprisings that convulsed the Spanish Monarchy in the mid-seventeenth century, For the Common Good is inevitably reminiscent of Rosario Villari's classic La rivolta antispagnola a Napoli (Bari, 1967), though Corteguera shares neither Villari's somewhat schematic Marxism nor, regrettably, his broad historical vision or his success in explaining the origins of a significant revolt.
The Catholic Church convulsed, and riots took place in Europe's universities.
"The entire world is being convulsed in a religious struggle," Robertson told one audience.
Her parents Stephen and Maureen had rushed her to hospital after finding her convulsed in the corner of her cot at their home in Hereford.
In a newspaper interview Mr Blair said it would 'not be a wise thing' to have the Government 'convulsed' for months preparing for a referendum on the issue.
Whether they shouted, screamed, convulsed or fell down, Jesus dispatched all of them with a simple command, "Come out of him!' The possessed person was always left unharmed.
Indeed, the last chapter, 'Commemorating Peter 1725-2002' is worth the purchase price in itself as it shows how a country whose history has been so convulsed as has Russia's since Peter's death has coped with a man who did more than anyone else to create modem Russia.
I temporarily lost consciousness, fell down and my entire body convulsed. My mom immediately called 911.
It is 1966, you haven't even been born yet (I'm not bitter, just a little wistful), and Barney Frank is holding forth in the Winthrop House dining hall--he is a tutor, we are students--and we are alternately convulsed with laughter (no one is funnier) and challenged (no one is less tolerant of flawed logic).
Animals that did not convulse during the period of observation were considered not having convulsed. Experiments were repeated with mice pretreated for 15 minutes with L.