the heebie-jeebies

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the heebie-jeebies

An extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Often used with "get" or "give." I always get the heebie-jeebies when I walk through a graveyard. All these ghost stories are giving me the heebie-jeebies.

heebie-jeebies

and heeby-jeebies (ˈhibiˈdʒibiz)
n. an extreme case of anxiety or fear. I have the heebie-jeebies whenever I go to the dentist.

heebie-jeebies

Anxiety or fear. Records indicate that “heebie-Jeebies” first appeared in print in a 1923 newspaper cartoon by one Billy DeBeck, in which a character says, “You dumb ox—why don't you get that stupid look offa your pan—you gimme the heeby jeebys!” The spelling changed over the years, as witnessed by its inclusion a year later in the “Alabamy Bound” popularized by the Paul Whitman Orchestra: “I'm Alabamy bound, there'll be no heebie-jeebies hanging 'round . . .”
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If you like chillers that give you the heebie-jeebies, the urgently paced 'Metalhead' is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat as it follows how a deadly robotic dog terrorizes rebels (Maxine Peake) in a post-apocalyptic world.
Har perils the on who people keep can't down vo ices The thought of people listening to my calls gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Musically, Moldovan group Carla's Dreams have been called everything from pop and R'n'B to jazz and reggae, but it's their look that gives us the heebie-jeebies - the band is anonymous, performing in hoodies, masks and eerie facial make-up.
Research by credit report firm Noddle also shows applying for credit gives more than two-thirds the heebie-jeebies as we worry we will be turned down.
EMMA GREEN: This place gave me the heebie-jeebies when I walked around it at 3am.
Were it not for Brexit giving financial markets the heebie-jeebies, this would have to have been one of the shortest bear markets in living memory -- unless, of course, you take note of doomsters like that blithering idiot of a so-called financial expert who writes, inter-alia no doubt, for the Motley Fool .
THE merest sight of red and white stripes around The Hawthorns normally gives Albion players and fans alike the heebie-jeebies.
I get the heebie-jeebies reading over and over about the need to install timers at traffic signals.
We are asked to say a neat 'hello' to Timothy Limpet, a hairy troll who lives far way, and likes to be tidy, unlike normal trolls who' live in damp, dark, squelchy caves and like to scare the heebie-jeebies out of anyone they can'.
Poor Marc gets the heebie-jeebies whenever he has the chance to win and it is that frailty and the generous quote that accompanies it that makes him a golfer that FP bettors can work with.
not to get the heebie-jeebies," said Christopher Rosen of the (http://www.
If you caught the thriller of the year Contagion in the cinema, you've probably just about got over the heebie-jeebies it gave you enough to watch it again.
Co-star Ashley Bell gave him the heebie-jeebies on the set.
The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, by Steven Lee Beeber, Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2006.