in fear and trembling

in fear and trembling

Experiencing great fear and worry. Carrie's been in fear and trembling waiting for the doctor to call with her test results. After hearing his enemy's threats, Tom was obviously in fear and trembling.
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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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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.