in fear and trembling

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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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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Also in fear and trembling, prayer is often a first response.
Every day when I wake up and have to work, I open my eyes in fear and trembling, because I don't know whether I still have it, whether I'm going to have it again, or whether I'm going to be afflicted by the doubt that I never had it at all.
Noteworthy, again, is her response to this display of divine power: "knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him" (5:33).
The other side contains me, and I cannot take my correspondence with grace for granted once for all, as I can His promise, but must work out my salvation in fear and trembling.