tremble at

tremble at something

to shake with fear or anticipation at the thought of something. David trembled at the thought of having to go to Russia by himself. Carl trembled at the idea of winning first place.
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It used to be pictures of scantily clad women that made censors shudder; now we tremble at images of smoking--so much so that some Hollywood directors have taken a pledge to eradicate cigarettes from their films.