The idiom ‘shake/quake in your boots' means to be fearful of something. This video explains the meaning and use of the idiom 'shake/quake in your boots' in English. We give some easy examples to help you learn this idiom so you can use it socially and professionally.
This is a modern expression, but a little less common in recent times. This expression is usually used in a sarcastic manner, so you might hear it when someone is making fun of someone else. Quite simply, the expression means to be afraid of something but when used sarcastically the aim is to pretend to be afraid and not be truly in fear. This is more often used in social situations, but it can be used in social conversations in professional settings.