get the jitters

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get the jitters

To experience a temporary state of nervous anxiety or anticipation. A: "Are you ready to deliver your speech?" B: "Yeah. I've got a bad case of the jitters, though!"
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get/have the ˈjitters

(informal) feel anxious and nervous, especially before an important event or before having to do something difficult: I always get the jitters before exams.Louise had the pre-wedding jitters so badly she nearly didn’t make it to the church.
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But unpredictability has been the order of the series so far this season and Vergne admits he is getting the jitters at the thought of him failing to get over the line and take the title.
NERVOUS fans may be getting the jitters but the world's leading number-cruncher is still backing Boro to make the play-offs.
GIVEN the confusion over Brexit, holidaymakers can be forgiven for getting the jitters.
There was more a case here of Pearson getting the jitters than anything else.
The actor recalled getting the jitters on first shooting day.
The party has begun getting the jitters after the questioning of Patnaik's key aide, Saroj Sahu who is suspected to have links with the Seashore group, one of the 44 Ponzi firms under the CBI scanner.
While getting the jitters before a major event is absolutely normal, stressing too much isn't a great idea either.
There's a big gulf in class between City and their opponents but the way Pellegrini made defensive substitutions and the team sat deeper and deeper is the sign of a squad getting the jitters.
With the airline's order book now containing an astonishing 385 aircraft, it would not be surprising if some US and European carriers were getting the jitters. But the Emirates boss said they will not tolerate governments trying to squeeze them out of their skies.
Despite this reverse they sit second in the table on goal difference from Leicester thanks to everyone else getting the jitters too.
Points on the board are what matter most at this stage of the season and after three successive wins lifted the gloom at the Reebok, it seems Owen Coyle's men are once again getting the jitters.
Dubai After getting the jitters of the seat-sharing arithmetic out of the way, the Trinamool Congress-Congress campaign road show in Kolkata is running full-steam ahead for the forthcoming assembly elections.
Braunstein denied that the buyer was getting the jitters, saying that there was nothing in the content of Hadley's letter that is preventing the sale, "but it takes time to check these things out, even if it is proven untrue"
"The (first time this deep into the tournament) is kind of like getting the jitters out and hopefully next year we can just play our game."