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heebie-jeebies (HEE-bee JEE-bee-z) noun
Extreme nervousness; jitters, creeps.
[Coined by cartoonist Billy DeBeck (1890-1942) in his comic strip Barney Google. He also coined the term hotsy-totsy.]
"This year, for the first time, the German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder,
will attend the official D-Day remembrance ceremonies along with the
Allied heads of state. His inclusion is not without controversy. Some
say it is too soon, even after decades of Franco-German economic ties
and student exchanges, and even though it is US foreign policy which is
giving the French the heebie-jeebies these days."
"If this guy is giving you the heebie-jeebies, by all means, bring in
the big guns (Read: parents)."
This week's theme: Coined words
He who sings scares away his woes. -Miguel de Cervantes, novelist (1547-1616)