give (one) the creeps

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give (one) the creeps

To make one feel wary or uneasy due to eeriness or strange behavior. I stay away from that old house on the corner, it gives me the creeps! Why is that guy just standing around and not talking to anyone? He's giving me the creeps!
See also: creep, give

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
References in classic literature ?
She knows that some women don't like to be where Dick is--they complain he gives them the creeps.
A lot of his customers say he gives them the creeps but it doesn't stop them phoning him.
The medical specialist - dubbed Dr Feelbad by hookers because he gives them the creeps - has even pleaded with vice girls to move into his flat.