One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural crises de nerfsdated
An attack of anxiety.‘I had a crise de nerfs before the first performance’
- ‘Few were hardy enough to be fixedly stared at by Thomas Carlyle for forty-five seconds without suffering a crise de nerfs.’
- ‘Any minor setback sets off a crise de nerfs, a fit of the vapours turning any mishap into a crisis.’
- ‘Is Edward Rochester a man to whom we entrust Jane Eyre with confidence, should she suffer a crise de nerfs later in life?’
- ‘She would have a crise de nerfs did she think Brian were in danger.’
- ‘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.’
French, literally ‘crisis of nerves’.
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