jim-jams

n pl
1.
pyjamas. A nursery word, especially popular in Britain and Australia.
A coat that can double as a dressing-gown, nice stripy jim-jams - such are the staples of male Anglo-Saxon sartoria.' (Tatler, November 1985)
2.
an attack of nerves, the 'heebie-jeebies'. This expression has been applied to delirium tremens (the D.T.s) and to drug-induced terror, as well as more mundane jitters. It was first recorded in the mid-19th century.
► 'When the smack begins to flow/1 really don't care any more/ About all the jim-jams in this town/ And all the politicians making crazy sounds.' ('Heroin', written by Lou Reed and re-corded by the Velvet Underground, 1967)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • jim-jams — (jĭmʹjămz ) pl.n. Slang 1. The jitters. 2. Delirium tremens.   [Expressive of the trembling associated with delirium tremens.] * * * …   Universalium

  • jim|jams — «JIHM jamz», noun (plural). Slang. 1. delirium tremens. 2. a creepy feeling; fidgets; creeps …   Useful english dictionary

  • jim-jams — n.pl. 1 sl. = delirium tremens. 2 colloq. a fit of depression or nervousness. Etymology: fanciful redupl. * * * [ jim ˌjamz] plural n. informal a fit of depression or nervousness prerace jim jams Origin: mid 16th cent. (originally denoting a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • jim-jams — noun pajamas …   Wiktionary

  • jim-jams — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Slang. A state of nervous restlessness or agitation: fidget (often used in plural), jitter (used in plural), jump (used in plural), shiver1 (used in plural), tremble (often used in plural). Informal: all overs, shake… …   English dictionary for students

  • jim jams — n. nervousness, stress, anxiety, jitters (Slang); pyjamas (British Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • jim-jams —  1. Nervous tension, excitement, fear.  2. Pyjamas. Juv …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • jim-jams — A slang term for delirium tremens, also slang for a nervousness, even for a belly ache …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • pie-jim-jams — …   Useful english dictionary

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