quaking in your boots

This page is about the idiom quaking in your boots


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

a. went to make his first parachute jump

b. ran to his teammates after kicking a goal

c. danced to his favourite singer's new song

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Contributor: Matt Errey