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quaking in your boots

Meaning: If you're quaking in your boots, you are very frightened.

For example:

  • This big, ugly dog was growling at me and baring its teeth. I was quaking in my boots, I can tell you!

  • Our sergeant was a scary guy. He could make a new army recruit quake in his boots just by looking at him.

Quick Quiz:

Jimmy was quaking in his boots as he
  1. went to make his first parachute jump
  2. ran to his teammates after kicking a goal
  3. danced to his favourite singer's new song

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