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Monday, March 16, 2015

Definitions for collywobbles

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

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Citations for collywobbles
We must pack off to Brother Michael because we have the collywobbles! James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916
As soon as I got my feet back on dry sand, a surf instructor asked me if I was ready for a lesson. I got a case of the collywobbles just thinking about going back into the ocean. I looked at my jellyfish stings and told him I might take a rain check. Christopher Muther, "Punta Mita deserves its golden admirers," Boston Globe, November 23, 2014
Origin of collywobbles
1815-1825
Collywobbles came to English in the early 1800s and is presumably based on the term colic meaning "a sudden pain in the abdomen or bowels."