the heebie-jeebies

An extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Often used with "get" or "give." I always get the heebie-jeebies when I walk through a graveyard. All these ghost stories are giving me the heebie-jeebies.


and heeby-jeebies (ˈhibiˈdʒibiz)
n. an extreme case of anxiety or fear. I have the heebie-jeebies whenever I go to the dentist.




Anxiety or fear. Records indicate that “heebie-Jeebies” first appeared in print in a 1923 newspaper cartoon by one Billy DeBeck, in which a character says, “You dumb ox—why don't you get that stupid look offa your pan—you gimme the heeby jeebys!” The spelling changed over the years, as witnessed by its inclusion a year later in the “Alabamy Bound” popularized by the Paul Whitman Orchestra: “I'm Alabamy bound, there'll be no heebie-jeebies hanging 'round . . .”
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I am hoping to help Caesar because Jim's signature block continues to give me the heeby jeebies.
But it wasn't the supposed communication from beyond the grave that the various spiritualist followers took succour from which gave me the heeby jeebies.
So when she went shopping with her boyfriend Paul last night and he pointed out, (quite innocently), that she'd missed something off her list, she took a heeby jeeby.
but since her propulsion to superstardom just the sound of that raucous, grating voice gives me the heeby jeebies.
This time, the heeby jeebies are provided by a family of furless werecats that can change their shape to look like humans and must drink the life force (whatever that is) of virgins to survive.
Heeby jeebies aside, I was oddly compelled to watch the lung inflation and intestine unravelling.