the jitters

the jitters

A temporary state of nervous anxiety or anticipation. Marty: "Are you ready to deliver your speech?" Anthony: "Yeah. I've got the jitters real bad, though!" I have a song that I hum to myself to help get rid of the jitters before big competitions.
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the jitters

(ˈdʒɪdɚz)
n. the nervous shakes. I get the jitters when I have to talk in public.
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The Jitters staff consists of 18 employees, who vary from full-time to part-time depending on the season and school schedules.
The jitters result mainly from oscillations of Hubble's electricity-providing solar panels.
The jitters, however, interfere primarily with Hubble's ability to track guide stars -- extraterrestrial "signposts" that help orient the telescope for observations.
NASA officials now plan a "dynamics test" in which engineers will give the telescope's position-holding "reaction wheels" a precisely specified nudge and then measure the jitter response, Nurre says.