Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(shake/quake) in your (boots/shoes)

shake in your bootsquake in your bootsshake in your shoesquake in your shoes
Meaning(s)
1) feel very nervous or afraid
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • I'm really quaking in my boots!
  • Analysis
    The expression ’to shake in your boots’ or ’to quake in your boots’ means to tremble with fear. This expression is similar in meaning to ’shake like a leaf’. This idiomatic phrase is often used sarcastically or humorously. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Person A: "I'd avoid Steven if I were you. He's pretty angry about what you did." Person B: "Ooh, I'm shaking in my boots!"
    2. Our reputation as a team has grown so much that the opposition almost quaked in their boots when we stepped onto the field in the final.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The prospect of job cuts had staff quaking in their shoes, wondering who was going to be let go first.
    2. I've delivered speeches at many conferences over the years, so I'm hardly going to shake in my shoes about doing one this weekend.
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