Definition of with one's heart in one's boots in US English:

with one's heart in one's boots

phrase

  • In a state of great depression or trepidation.

    ‘I had to follow her with my heart in my boots’
    • ‘Connie sat and listened with her heart in her boots, as Field was filling petrol.’
    • ‘With my heart in my boots, I climbed inside; opening the window leading to the mainplane and viewed the damage caused by the unsupported wing.’
    • ‘The team left Alicante with their heart in their boots, knowing that an unforgettable period in their lives was behind them.’
    • ‘I went to this conference with my heart in my boots.’
    • ‘Be prepared to finish the night with your heart in your boots.’
    • ‘Gethryn hurried along the familiar streets with his heart in his boots sometimes, and sometimes in his mouth.’
    • ‘I opened my computer with my heart in my boots.’