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[hee-bee-jee-beez] /ˈhi biˈdʒi biz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Slang.
a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, etc.; the jitters; the willies (usually preceded by the):
Just thinking about ghosts gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Origin of heebie-jeebies
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; rhyming compound coined by W. De Beck (1890-1942), American comic-strip cartoonist Unabridged
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plural noun
(slang) the heebie-jeebies, apprehension and nervousness
Word Origin
C20: coined by W. De Beck (1890–1942), American cartoonist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for heebie-jeebies

1923, said to have been coined by U.S. cartoonist Billy De Beck (1890-1942), creator of "Barney Google."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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