quake in one's boots
to be afraid, to shake from fear
I was quaking in my boots when my boss told me to come to his office.
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  • queer as a three-dollar bill
  • quick and dirty
  • quick as a flash
  • quick as a wink
  • quick as geased lightning
  • quick on the draw
  • quick on the trigger
  • quick on the uptake
  • quiet as a mouse
  • quite a (something)
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  • plow into (someone or something)
  • down on one's luck
  • hold the fort
  • tied up
  • take ill
  • pour it on thick
  • what`s what
  • hard feelings
  • shoot for (something)
  • turn the tables on (someone)

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    To imply something means to suggest it in an indirect way, without saying it directly.
  • Larry's remarks implied that he'd be leaving the company soon.
  • The evidence seems to imply that the suspect is innocent of the crime.

    To infer something is to form a conclusion from the information available (especially if the information available does not state things directly):
  • From Larry's remarks, I inferred that he'd probably be leaving the company soon.
  • Based on the evidence, the judge inferred that the suspect was innocent.

    These two words describe the same event but from the two different sides (similar to lend and borrow). The speaker or writer implies a point (suggests it indirectly). The reader or listener infers a point (comes to their own conclusion after considering the indirect information).

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