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jimjams

[jim-jamz]
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noun (used with a plural verb) Slang.
  1. extreme nervousness; jitters.
  2. delirium tremens.
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Origin of jimjams

1540–50; gradational compound based on jam1. Cf. flimflam, jingle-jangle, etc.
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Historical Examples

  • They give me the jimjams, the willies, and I want to get away.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • Think o' the disgrace o' gettin' the jimjams in a foreign port.

    With the Battle Fleet

    Franklin Matthews

  • But to look upon 'em as they appeared in the cars, would 'ave give that consciencious but onsophisticated inspector the jimjams.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • To present it a painter would have to inebriate himself, spill his colors all about the place and wind up with the jimjams.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • Jimjams has just as much chance of winning this race as Mr. Jeremy has of being Archbishop of Canterbury.


British Dictionary definitions for jimjams

jimjams

pl n
  1. a slang word for delirium tremens
  2. a state of nervous tension, excitement, or anxiety
  3. informal pyjamas
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Word Origin

C19: whimsical formation based on jam 1
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