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- (chiefly dated) plural of To have “the fantods” is to be in a state of nervousness, distress, or anxiety.
- 1839, Charles Biggs, Adventures of Harry Franco:
- You have got strong symptoms of the fantods; your skin is so tight you can’t shut your eyes without opening your mouth.”
- 1884, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn:
- ...I catched a glimpse of fire away through the trees. I went for it, cautious and slow. By and by I was close enough to have a look, and there laid a man on the ground. It most give me the fantods.
- 1935, The American Magazine, page 66,
- You can't be on the fence about this article. It'll make you cheer loudly or roar with annoyance. It gave two of our editors the fantods.
- 1992 July-August, Molly Ivins, Bubba's Billionaire, Mother Jones Magazine, page 8,
- I know, I know, the mere thought of a right-wing Dallas billionaire buying the presidency gives you the hot fantods.