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 Heart in his Boots.Heart of Grace (To take). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Heart in his Mouth.
His heart was in his mouth. That choky feeling in the throat which arises from fear, conscious guilt, shyness, etc.   1
        “The young lover tried to look at his ease, … but his heart was in his mouth.”—Miss Thackeray: Mrs. Dymond, p. 156.

 Heart in his Boots.Heart of Grace (To take). 

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