screaming abdabs

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screaming abdabs (uncountable)

  1. (UK) A state of extreme nervousness.
    • 1971, New Scientist, page 80, by the EBSCO Publishing Firm,
      Meanwhile, down the road a piece, another British firm has had an attack of the abdabs.
    • 1986: Anthony Burgess, The Pianoplayers, page 201
      ... Robert played all the time on his dummy keyboard and it drove Edna near mad, gave her the screaming abdabs as she put it.
    • 2003: Marian Babson, The Cat Who Wasn't a Dog
      ‘This place doesn't ‘aif give me the screaming ‘abdabs.’ ‘And how!’ I agreed. All those small creatures that had once vibrated with life, now frozen ...
    • 2004: Mary Stewart, This Rough Magic
      It's a nice night, and I’da darned sight rather take a walk out than see you work yourself into a fit of the screaming abdabs. I don't blame you, ...