Definition of crise de nerfs in English:

crise de nerfs

noun

dated
  • An attack of anxiety.

    ‘I had a crise de nerfs before the first performance’
    • ‘Any minor setback sets off a crise de nerfs, a fit of the vapours turning any mishap into a crisis.’
    • ‘She would have a crise de nerfs did she think Brian were in danger.’
    • ‘Is Edward Rochester a man to whom we entrust Jane Eyre with confidence, should she suffer a crise de nerfs later in life?’
    • ‘Few were hardy enough to be fixedly stared at by Thomas Carlyle for forty-five seconds without suffering a crise de nerfs.’
    • ‘Many of these scares ended in laughter, the Frenchmen ragging us for our crises de nerfs, but they did not quite like it themselves, lying helpless in bed.’

Origin

French, literally ‘crisis of nerves’.

Pronunciation

crise de nerfs

/ˌkriːz də ˈnɛː(f)//kʀiz də nɛʀf/