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collywobbles

[ kol-ee-wob-uhlz ]
/ ˈkɒl iˌwɒb əlz /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)Informal.

intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances.
a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.

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Origin of collywobbles

1815–25; coinage presumably based on colic, wobble; see -s3

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Example sentences from the Web for collywobbles

  • Within five minutes everybody aboard had the galloping collywobbles and the twittering jitters.

    Unwise Child|Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We took it out by staring Driggs almost into the collywobbles.

    At Good Old Siwash|George Fitch
  • Let's get out of here; this place gives me the collywobbles.

    Native Son|T. D. Hamm
  • Are you takin' those dashed morphia tabloids of Taggart's for bad-water collywobbles again?

    The Dop Doctor|Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

British Dictionary definitions for collywobbles

collywobbles
/ (ˈkɒlɪˌwɒbəlz) /

pl n the collywobbles slang

an upset stomach
acute diarrhoea
an intense feeling of nervousness

Word Origin for collywobbles

C19: probably from New Latin cholera morbus the disease cholera, influenced through folk etymology by colic and wobble
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