collywobbles

collywobbles

[kol-ee-wob-uhlz]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Informal.
1.
intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances.
2.
a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.

Origin:
1815–25; coinage presumably based on colic, wobble; see -s3

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collywobbles (ˈkɒlɪˌwɒbəlz)
 
pl n
1.  an upset stomach
2.  acute diarrhoea
3.  an intense feeling of nervousness
 
[C19: probably from New Latin cholera morbus the disease cholera, influenced through folk etymology by colic and wobble]

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collywobbles
1823, fanciful formation from colic and wobble.
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