the heebie-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.

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.

heeby-jeebies

verb

heebie-jeebies

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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It gives me the heebie-jeebies" SNP MP Hannah Bardell "I don't think Paul Hollywood is nasty.
It gives me the heebie-jeebies" - SNP MP Hannah Bardell.
'Second Coming's' genuinely unexpected twists notwithstanding, Jodi's considerable acting chops are no match for the film's charmless characters and snooze-inducing sense of dread that is better at building atmospheric suspense than actually scaring the heebie-jeebies out of viewers.
"Every time I go to the doctor and they try and use some on me it just gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Har perils the on who people keep can't down vo ices The thought of people listening to my calls gives me the heebie-jeebies. If I have to answer my phone during a journey (my Cat-like reflexes mean it will generally ring for less than half a second) I blush apologetically, whisper, ''I'm on the train I'll call you back" and hang up before anyone notices.
Musically, Moldovan group Carla's Dreams have been called everything from pop and R'n'B to jazz and reggae, but it's their look that gives us the heebie-jeebies - the band is anonymous, performing in hoodies, masks and eerie facial make-up.
Research by credit report firm Noddle also shows applying for credit gives more than two-thirds the heebie-jeebies as we worry we will be turned down.
EMMA GREEN: This place gave me the heebie-jeebies when I walked around it at 3am.
Were it not for Brexit giving financial markets the heebie-jeebies, this would have to have been one of the shortest bear markets in living memory -- unless, of course, you take note of doomsters like that blithering idiot of a so-called financial expert who writes, inter-alia no doubt, for the Motley Fool .
THE merest sight of red and white stripes around The Hawthorns normally gives Albion players and fans alike the heebie-jeebies.
I get the heebie-jeebies reading over and over about the need to install timers at traffic signals.
We are asked to say a neat 'hello' to Timothy Limpet, a hairy troll who lives far way, and likes to be tidy, unlike normal trolls who' live in damp, dark, squelchy caves and like to scare the heebie-jeebies out of anyone they can'.
Poor Marc gets the heebie-jeebies whenever he has the chance to win and it is that frailty and the generous quote that accompanies it that makes him a golfer that FP bettors can work with.
not to get the heebie-jeebies," said Christopher Rosen of the (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/final-master-trailer_n_1835820.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment) Huffington Post .
If you caught the thriller of the year Contagion in the cinema, you've probably just about got over the heebie-jeebies it gave you enough to watch it again.