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Monday, May 23, 2016

Definitions for jimjams

  1. Slang. extreme nervousness; jitters.
  2. Slang. delirium tremens.

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Citations for jimjams
... by George, they give me the jim-jams and the fan-tods and caked up what brains I had, and turned them solid ... Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Detective, 1896
This manner of atavism kept her at attention when all else about her seemed at variance: plans voiced on her own territory comforted her in moments of jim-jams. Christopher Nolan, The Banyan Tree, 1999
Origin of jimjams
1540-1550
Jimjams is a gradational compound based on the word jam meaning "to press, squeeze, or fill tightly." The sense “nervous jitters” entered English in the 1800s.