heeby-jeebies

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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.
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heeby-jeebies

verb
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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I've been waking in the wee hours and suffering the heeby-jeebies.
It is supposed to emanate from the way the sitting room's gas lamps lose their glow when a lamp is lit in a room upstairs -but although this is admirably achieved it is the players themselves who guarantee the heeby-jeebies.
Then we had the performance by one of the former Fleet Street papers that regularly puts the heeby-jeebies up its elderly matron readership by telling them asylum seekers are going to eat their pet poodles and sell them into sex-slavery.
Gothika (15) Psychiatrist Halle Berry gets big-time heeby-jeebies when she's locked up with demons.
Needless to say, she puts the heeby-jeebies up the townsfolk, and is regarded as a witch, a nasty, interfering piece of work.
They don't really scare me - in fact, the only thing that gives me the heeby-jeebies are big, noisy lorries, but I don't suppose we'll come across too many of them.