Usually, fantods. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness; the willies; the fidgets (usually preceded by the ): We all developed the fantods when the plane was late in arriving.
Sometimes, fantods. a sudden outpouring of anger, outrage, or a similar intense emotion.

1835–40; apparently fant(igue) (earlier fantique, perhaps blend of fantasy and frantic; -igue probably by association with fatigue) + -od(s), of obscure origin; see -s3 Unabridged
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fantod (ˈfæntəd)
1.  crotchety or faddish behaviour
2.  (pl) a state of restlessness or unease
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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1839, jocular formation, perhaps based on fantasy.
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screaming fantods definition

and (howling) fantods
  1. n.
    extreme anxiety; nervous hysteria. (Old. One might call this vintage literary mock colloquial, since it survives in the works of well-known writers and occasional literary use. The origin is unknown, but the Oxford English Dictionary lists Fantad with the same meaning, and cautiously suggests that is related to fantasy and similar words containing fan.) : The afternoon's excitement has left Lady Waddington with a case of the screaming fantods. , The reviewer felt that any slang dictionary that excluded “fantods” was defective.
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