heebie-jeebies

heebie-jeebies

[hee-bee-jee-beez]
noun (used with a plural verb) Slang.
a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, etc.; the jitters; the willies (usually preceded by the ): Just thinking about ghosts gives me the heebie-jeebies.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; rhyming compound coined by W. De Beck (1890–1942), American comic-strip cartoonist

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heebie-jeebies (ˈhiːbɪˈdʒiːbɪz)
 
pl n
slang the heebie-jeebies apprehension and nervousness
 
[C20: coined by W. De Beck (1890--1942), American cartoonist]

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heebie-jeebies
1923, said to have been coined by U.S. cartoonist Billy De Beck (1890-1942), creator of "Barney Google."
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