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abdabs

plural noun

extreme anxiety or nervousness, the heebie-jeebies; also called habdabs , [screaming abdabs or habdabs]

Examples

She got the abdabs about speaking to the editor.

Word Origin

WWII meaning 'a tall tale'; 1950+ current meaning

Usage Note

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abdabs

noun

Anxiety or nervous tension: Starting any new project gives her the abdabs (1945+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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