shitting planks

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shitting planks

  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, Ireland) Experiencing fear.
    • 2006, Stephen J. Martin, Rock and a Hard Place, 1st ed. edition, Cork: Mercier Press, →ISBN, page 368:
      He gave a little wave and then turned back to the computer, sweating. He was shitting planks now. He had to do this thing properly.

Usage notes[edit]

Example: "He was shitting planks before his exam because he had not studied hard enough." Compare shitting a brick.