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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
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."