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A fit of depression or nervousness.‘prerace jim-jams’worry, concern, apprehension, apprehensiveness, consternation, uneasiness, unease, fearfulness, fear, disquiet, disquietude, perturbation, fretfulness, agitation, angst, nervousness, nerves, edginess, tension, tenseness, stress, misgiving, trepidation, foreboding, suspenseView synonyms
Mid 16th century (originally denoting a small article or knick-knack): fanciful reduplication. The current sense dates from the late 19th century.
- ‘So far, it's more jim-jams and cocoa territory.’
- ‘They wear cute vest and drawstring jim-jams, do face packs, drink wine from Habitat goblets and wait for boy-band pretty pizza boys to deliver junk food.’
- ‘A month ago he was in his jim-jams as sick as a dog.’
- ‘He didn't even have a decent pair of jim-jams - those blankets really do chafe you know.’
- ‘He arrived at last week's ‘black tie’ Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards in what looked like his jim-jams and a dressing gown.’
- ‘You must also export the same paisley flannel style jim-jams.’
- ‘Half of all those quizzed in the Midlands said they liked to slip into their jim-jams to log on.’
Early 20th century: abbreviation of pie-jim-jams, alteration of pajamas.
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