get/have the wind up
have the wind up
To be very anxious, upset, or frightened. They had the wind up after we threatened them with legal action.
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get/have the ˈwind up (about something)(British English, informal) become/be frightened about something: I heard that he’s selling his business and moving away. I think he’s got the wind up about something or other.
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