shake like a leaf

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shake like a leaf

To tremble violently with fear or nervousness. My brother is so strong and scary looking that he leaves people shaking like a leaf when he threatens them. I was shaking like a leaf when I went up to deliver my speech in front of all those people.
See also: leaf, like, shake

shake (or tremble) like a leaf

tremble greatly, especially from fear.
See also: leaf, like, shake

shake like a ˈjelly/ˈleaf

(informal) shake with fear; be very afraid or nervous: Before I went into the exam room I was shaking like a leaf.
See also: jelly, leaf, like, shake