What does quaking in my boots mean?


Idiom Meaning:

extremely scared


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Once More, with Feeling” (2001)

Time of Scene: 00:07:20

Buffy Summers: Well, I’m not exactly quaking in my stylish-yet-affordable boots, but there’s definitely something unnatural going on here. And that doesn’t usually lead to hugs and puppies.


The Flash “Paradox” (2016)

Time of Scene: n/a

The Rival: You found me again, Flash. I wondered how long it’d take you this time to figure it out.

The Flash: Wasn’t too hard.

The Rival: I see you didn’t bring your little sidekick with you, though.

The Rival: Nope. Just me.

The Rival: That’s too bad. I brought one. Oh, and Flash? A little, uhh, quaking in your boots wouldn’t be inappropriate.


Endeavour “Lazaretto” (2017)

Time of Scene: n/a

DC Endeavour Morse: What are they like, the staff on Fosdick?

Lyle Capper: Well, Sister Clodagh’s a bit of a tartar. Sister MacMahon, that is. You wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of her. Sir Merlyn – a great man. All the doctors quake in their boots when he’s on his rounds.

DC Endeavour Morse: What about the rest of them?

Lyle Capper: Well, then, there’s Nurse Byron – Flora. She’s very nice. Always makes you a cup of tea if you ask. Nurse Mills – Jo-Beth. Well, the place would fall apart without her. She tends to look after the younger nurses. Little Student Nurse Daisy Bennett. She’s very keen. But she does tend to get in the most awful scrapes. Course, most of them are potty about Dr. Powell. Except for Sister Clodagh, of course. She’s married to the job. I think she may have been engaged once, but I suppose everyone’s got their own secret sadness, haven’t they?

DC Endeavour Morse: I suppose. What’s yours?

Lyle Capper: Flat feet.



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