give (one) the heebie-jeebies

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give (one) the heebie-jeebies

To cause one to feel an extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Walking through a graveyard always gives me the heebie-jeebies. All these ghost stories are giving me the heebie-jeebies.
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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.
See also: creep, give, somebody, willies
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It gives me the heebie-jeebies" SNP MP Hannah Bardell "I don't think Paul Hollywood is nasty.
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She states, "I find it strange that people associate morality with religion." She defines morality as "the desire to do good in the world" and goes on to say that "most of the people whom I would call moral in this way are not at all religious." The intensity of her antireligious feelings can be felt in this admission: "Any church or synagogue or mosque, any font of worship devoted to a singular all-powerful God, gives me the heebie-jeebies." And about literature she says that in novels, movies, plays, and operas, "The more their moral tone is evident, the less I trust them." This essay is as much about Lesser as about Hume.