to quake like a leaf



Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - quake like a leaf

"to quake like a leaf"

to have your body shake a lot due to being cold, nervous, fearful or upset

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - quake like a leaf

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  It is so cold out today.

Friend 2:  I know. Even my dog is quaking like a leaf.

Friend 1:  Maybe he needs a doggy sweater.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - quake like a leaf

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is driver education going?

Friend 2:  It is interesting that when I practice with friends or my parents that I have no problems. I feel confident and in control. But when I am with the instructor, I get so nervous I quake like a leaf.

Friend 1:  Maybe it is the clipboard and the sense of being judged that upsets you.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - quake like a leaf

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How was your performance review? You are quaking like a leaf.

Colleague 2:  I get so distraught reading it. I am always afraid that it will be bad and that I will lose my job.

Colleague 1:  And how is it?

Colleague 2:  I am too upset to read it.





to quake like a leaf - Usage:

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to quake like a leaf - Gerund Form:

Quaking like a leaf, I was so cold I had to put on a jacket.

Quaking like a leaf before giving a speech, she needed to calm down.



to quake like a leaf - Examples:

1)  ... and our poor wee dog Lassie would hide under the kitchen table quaking like a leaf until they stopped.

2)  ... together because I could easily not have been here. I'm quaking like a leaf

3)  Honestly, I am so humbled and I'm still standing here quaking like a leaf because I don't believe it's really happening.

4)  ... crying, shivering, in shock. An American girl is quaking like a leaf. Her face is wet and red. She wants to go back home.

5)  I'm quaking like a leaf at the moment... I just need a stiff rum.

6)  ... cancer', it gives you a fright, and I was quaking like a leaf but knew I was in good hands.

7)  I'm quaking like a leaf but it feels amazing to be recognised by the judges.

8)  ... some of her experiences during a whirlwind 12 months. From quaking like a leaf during her maiden speech in Parliament to being asked to give a talk at ...

9)  ... said Garcia, wiping tears from her eyes. "I am quaking like a leaf right now."

10)  ... privilege to win. "I am delighted, gobsmacked and quaking like a leaf. It's very humbling to be recognised in front of so many successful businesses ...

11)  You wake up and know you need another drink because you're quaking like a leaf and you're cold.

12)  I'm so excited -- I'm quaking like a leaf.

13)  ... may or may not have a gun. While I was quaking like a leaf, they took our phones, and anything else they could find.

14)  ... she was "quaking like a leaf" and that the incident was "intimidating for young members of the party".

15)  ... mother described her as "white as a sheet" and "quaking like a leaf".

16)  ... with a small child that was just terrified, shivering almost, quaking like a leaf.

17)  I'm quaking like a leaf, I call my mum and she calms me down, but it's lockdown ...

18)  Everybody in Miami right now is quaking like a leaf. People are really worried. 

19)  ... was traumatic for her. My grandmother was there and she was quaking like a leaf.

20)  When I came into the studio, I was quaking like a leaf. I was scared.