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willies

[ wil-eez ]
/ ˈwɪl iz /
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noun (used with a plural verb)Informal.

Usually the willies . nervousness or fright; the jitters; the creeps: That horror movie gave me the willies.

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Origin of willies

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; origin obscure; cf. -s3
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British Dictionary definitions for willies

willies
/ (ˈwɪlɪz) /

pl n

the willies slang nervousness, jitters, or fright (esp in the phrase give (or get) the willies)
C20: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with willies

willies

see under the creeps.

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