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1In plural With the. Originally: a state of drunkenness, delirium tremens. In later use: hysterics. Usually in "to have (also get) the screaming meemies".
2A hysterical person. rare.
1920s; earliest use found in The New Republic. Origin uncertain; probably formed after the first syllable of screaming for assonant effect.
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