collywobbles


collywobbles
/kol"ee wob'euhlz/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Informal.
1. intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances.
2. a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.
[1815-25; coinage presumably based on COLIC, WOBBLE; see -S3]

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