One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Nervous anxiety or irritation.‘that idea gives most lawyers the screaming abdabs’
- ‘These are the nightmare scenarios that have caused me to wake with the screaming abdabs over the past month.’
- ‘As long as they continue to keep out of my kitchen cupboards and bed I won't have the screaming abdabs.’
- ‘The thought of that could give her the screaming abdabs if she dwelled on it.’
- ‘He goes into prison (the cameraman had the abdabs) to interview the much feared mogul, who is polite and tells him nothing.’
- ‘I'm not superstitious, but the whole area gave me a case of the screaming abdabs, something Awful and EVIL had happened nearby.’
1940s: of unknown origin.
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