5 English Idioms about Fear, Nervousness and Anxiety

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To Be Afraid of Your Own Shadow

If you are afraid of your own shadow, then you are scared of almost everything.

e.g. Maria is a very nervous person. In fact, she is afraid of her own shadow!

To Have Butterflies in Your Stomach

When you are very nervous or scared about a situation, then we say that we have butterflies in our stomachs.

e.g. I have a job interview in one hour and I have butterflies in my stomach!

To Break out in a Cold Sweat

When you get nervous or scared, you often start to sweat.

e.g. In the job interview they asked me some really difficult questions and I broke out into a cold seat. 

The Heebie-Jeebies

If something makes you scared or nervous, you can say that it gives you the heebie-jeebies. 

e.g. I hate walking through the city at night. There are lots of scary people out and they give me the heebie-jeebies.

To Be a Bundle of Nerves

When somebody is nervous, tense or worried, you can say that they are a bundle of nerves.

e.g. I just saw Lewis in the street. He was on his way to his CAE speak exam and was a bundle of nerves. 

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