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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 (one) the heebie-jeebies

To cause one to feel an extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Walking through a graveyard always gives me the heebie-jeebies. All these ghost stories are giving me the heebie-jeebies.
See also: give

give (one) the willies

To cause one to have a feeling of fear, dread, or squeamishness. Can we get out of here? This creepy old house is giving me the willies! Ack, seeing that tank of cockroaches gave me the willies.
See also: give, willies

the creeps

A sense of intense, unpleasant disquietude, typically due to something strange, eerie, or off-putting. 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

the creeps

Also, the willies. A sensation of horror or repugnance, as in That weird man gives me the creeps, or I get the willies when I hear that dirge music. The first of these colloquial terms alludes to a sensation of something crawling on one's skin. Charles Dickens used it in David Copperfield (1849) to describe a physical ailment: "She was constantly complaining of the cold and of its occasioning a visitation in her back, which she called 'the creeps.'" But soon after it was used to describe fear and loathing. The variant dates from the late 1800s, and both its allusion and origin are unclear.
See also: creep

willies

see under the creeps.

give you the willies

INFORMAL
If something gives you the willies, it makes you feel nervous or frightened. This place gives me the willies. Living on the mountainside is enough to give anyone the willies — especially when the wolves howl.
See also: give, willies

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

the creeps

n. the jitters; a case of nerves. These movies always give me the creeps.
See also: creep

willies

n. a case of fear or anxiety. (see also screaming-meemies.) That kind of movie always gives me the willies.
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The Swedish company Swedish Liquors Company AB said on Friday (1 October) that its subsidiary Wet Willies Europe AB had signed a franchise agreement with the French company EURL Frozen France.
The Swedish vodka and gin producer Swedish Liquor Company AB said on Thursday (25 March) that it had signed a three-year supply agreement with its US partner Wet Willies.
The manager of the Southport Rock Shop, who did not wish to give his name, said: 'Two policemen came in and ordered me to take all the rock willies out of the window.
They were very abrupt with me and said I could still sell the rock willies from a back room.