buck fever

noun
1.
nervous excitement of an inexperienced hunter upon the approach of game.
2.
any nervous excitement preceding a new experience.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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buck fever
 
n
nervous excitement felt by inexperienced hunters at the approach of game

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