give you the willies

give (one) the willies

To cause one to have a feeling of fear, dread, or squeamishness. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is giving me the willies! Ack, seeing that tank of cockroaches gave me the willies.
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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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IF you want someone to shiver your timbers or give you the willies, who are you gonna call?
The intentions of these guys are never quite clear, but they certainly do give you the willies.
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If you're a sweat-shirt-and-jeans kinda person, skirted tables draped in pink organza may give you the willies.