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quake like a leaf

To tremble violently with fear or nervousness. My brother is so strong and scary-looking that he leaves people quaking like a leaf when he threatens them. I was quaking like a leaf when I went up to deliver my speech.
See also: leaf, like, quake

quake in (one's) boots

To tremble with fear or nervousness. (Sometimes said sarcastically.) My brother is so strong and scary-looking that people quake in their boots when he threatens them. Ooh, I'm really scared of you! I'm quaking in my boots, you frighten me so!
See also: boot, quake

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

quake in (one's) shoes

To tremble with fear or nervousness. (Sometimes said sarcastically.) My brother is so strong and scary-looking that people quake in their shoes when he threatens them. Ooh, I'm really scared of you! I'm quaking in my shoes, you frighten me so!
See also: quake, shoe

quake with something

to shake as with fear, terror, etc. Alice was quaking with fear as the door slowly opened. Todd quaked with terror when he saw the vicious dog at the door.
See also: quake

shake in one's boots

 and quake in one's boots
Fig. to be afraid; to shake from fear. I was shaking in my boots because I had to go see the manager for being late. Stop quaking in your boots, Bob. I'm not going to fire you.
See also: boot, shake

quake in one's boots

Also, shake in one's boots; quake or shake like a leaf . Tremble with fear, as in The very thought of a hurricane blowing in makes me quake in my boots. Both quake and shake here mean "tremble." These idioms were preceded by the alliterative phrase shake in one's shoes in the late 1800s. The idioms with leaf allude to trembling leaves, as in He was shaking like a leaf when the exams were handed back. A similar expression was used by Chaucer, who put it as quake like an aspen leaf, a particularly apt comparison since aspen leaves have flattened stems that cause the leaves to quiver in the gentlest breeze.
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

(be) ˌquaking/ˌshaking in your ˈboots/ˈshoes

be very worried or frightened: The prospect of facing the team again in the semi-final had everyone quaking in their boots.
See also: boot, quake, shake, shoe
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Far more attention was given to the quake in Pakistan, where officials said at least 35 people were killed in villages just across the border from Iran.
By constantly monitoring these conditions, the scientists hope to spot patterns in the way the rocks behave before breaking apart in a quake.
The 1960 quake in Chile caused $1 million in damage to the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor areas, said Brian Atwater, a Seattle-based scientist with the U.
For example, they've carbon-dated samples of sediments that were disturbed by quakes that predate those known from mission records.
Some scientists speculated that Tuesday's quake was the one predicted to happen by 1993 - though a decade late.
Henson, 92, burned to death in her Northridge mobile home, one of dozens that caught fire after the quake knocked them off their foundations.
MAP AT RIGHT: This map shows the six worst quakes to strike North and South America in the 20th century.
The greatest ground motions caused by the simulated quakes appeared along the edges of the floodplain, where seismic waves traveling through the sediment bounced off the rocky edges of the river valley and reinforced each other.
According to Tubbesing, the gravest dangers now lie in older buildings that were built before the 1994 quake and other large quakes.
But as of now, no one can predict when and where quakes will happen.
Alter studying ground-motion patterns of 71 quakes recorded by nearby seismometers, Alien and his colleagues noticed that the relative amounts of energy going into the two vibration categories varied systematically with the size of the quake.
Since 1985, geophysicist John Langbein and his team have been using delicate monitoring devices to search for clues about how quakes happen.
The Alaskan quakes were spaced about 30 seconds apart, the same interval at which the peaks of Rayleigh waves were sweeping through the region, says West.
The quakes occurred within an area where Schuckel said the lingering seismic activity from the Northridge Earthquake should be subsiding.
This week's quakes happened along a different fault than the one responsible for the tsunamis.