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give (one) the willies

To cause an intense feeling of fear or nervousness in someone. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is giving me the willies!
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the creeps

Also, the willies. A sensation of horror or repugnance, as in That weird man gives me the creeps, or I get the willies when I hear that dirge music. The first of these colloquial terms alludes to a sensation of something crawling on one's skin. Charles Dickens used it in David Copperfield (1849) to describe a physical ailment: "She was constantly complaining of the cold and of its occasioning a visitation in her back, which she called 'the creeps.'" But soon after it was used to describe fear and loathing. The variant dates from the late 1800s, and both its allusion and origin are unclear.
See also: creep

willies

see under the creeps.

give you the willies

INFORMAL
If something gives you the willies, it makes you feel nervous or frightened. This place gives me the willies. Living on the mountainside is enough to give anyone the willies — especially when the wolves howl.
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give somebody the ˈwillies/heebie-ˈjeebies/ˈcreeps

(informal) make somebody feel nervous or afraid: Being alone in this old house gives me the willies.He gives me the creeps. He’s got such strange eyes.
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the creeps

n. the jitters; a case of nerves. These movies always give me the creeps.
See also: creep

willies

n. a case of fear or anxiety. (see also screaming-meemies.) That kind of movie always gives me the willies.
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Turtle's Music, Kemp Mill Music and Willies Music stores
It was announced today that the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia has approved the liquidation and closure of 36 Music Network stores operating under the trade names of Peppermint Music, Turtle's Music, Kemp Mill Music and Willies Music.
Peppermint Music EASTWOOD PLAZA 7887 Crestwood Birmingham AL Blvd #3A Peppermint Music SELMA 1391 East Highland Selma AL Ave Willies Music Eastover Plaza 4665 South Washington DC Capital St SW Kemp Mill Music DUPONT CIRCLE 1619 Connecticut Washington DC Ave NW Willies Music Wonder Plaza 2301 Georgia Washington DC Avenue NW #C Turtle's music Marketplace of 251 Mary Esther Mary Esther FL Santa Rosa Cutoff Turtle's music Panama City 635-637 W.
SEASIDE sweet shop bosses were furious last night after police ordered them to remove saucy rock WILLIES from their windows.
The manager of the Southport Rock Shop, who did not wish to give his name, said: 'Two policemen came in and ordered me to take all the rock willies out of the window.
They were very abrupt with me and said I could still sell the rock willies from a back room.