Talk:give someone the shits

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nominated for deletionCurb Chain (talk) 10:48, 2 December 2012 (UTC)

Buy why? Mglovesfun (talk) 13:12, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
If the definition is correct - there are no citations - then this is not SoP. I'd RfV it. DCDuring TALK 16:59, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
Comparable: willies (nervous feeling, not only used with "give"), give someone the willies. Or creeps, give someone the creeps. The "give" entries seem redundant to me: redirect? Equinox 21:15, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Keep. It's idiomatic. How else can it be expressed? Provide someone with the shits? ---> Tooironic (talk) 22:34, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
KeepΜετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 07:14, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

I have never heard it used. It has no citations. I don't think it is real.Curb Chain (talk) 10:43, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Tooironic is Australian, so maybe it's Australia only. I've certainly never heard of it. Mglovesfun (talk) 12:17, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
I would have thought it meant something list to give someone the creeps. --WikiTiki89 12:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
A simple Google Books search turns up plenty of results. Maybe it is Australian though. Have any Britons or Americans heard it before? ---> Tooironic (talk) 20:50, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
Keep if attested, which it seems to be. - -sche (discuss) 21:03, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
Speedy keep (not worth discussing). I agree that if accurate, this is not deletion material as it is clearly idiomatic and not SOP. I would send this to RFV and also find out where it's used other than Australia. --WikiTiki89 21:10, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
Keep but personally I wouldn't bother with an RFV, as I imagine Tooironic's done his homework. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:41, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
Keep. Idiomatic expression. — Actarus (Prince d'Euphor) 13:25, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

Kept. DAVilla 06:46, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

RFV discussion: December 2012–June 2013[edit]

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Sole sense given: To annoy or frustrate someone.

I am only familiar with this meaning "give someone diarrhea" or "make someone afraid". It goes without saying that this is not in any OneLook reference with any definition. DCDuring TALK 07:30, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

A quick look on Google Books for "giving me the shits" reveals plenty of hits for the given definition. ---> Tooironic (talk) 00:04, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
I think the contributor may be confusing "give someone the shits" with "give someone the fits." An understandable error. 22:07, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
Based on the book search, I think the British meaning is "to scare" (which I've just added and cited) while the challenged sense is Australian. Should be citable too, but it's bedtime. Equinox 02:04, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
Citations added. I agree with the Australian, but it is perhaps not solely so. One citation might be US. — Pingkudimmi 08:01, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
RFV passed; closing. Thanks, Pingku. Equinox 22:48, 16 June 2013 (UTC)