quake in (one's) shoes

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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
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The Tories on the other hand will be quaking in their shoes at the prospect of all the work involved in trying to untangle ourselves from the EU should we vote out.
I don't think he will ever get back to the stage where the likes of Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy will be quaking in their shoes at the prospect of going head to head with him.
And then he still had the courage to sink a putt that would have left most mortals quaking in their shoes