Definition of abdabs in English:


Line breaks: ab¦dabs
Pronunciation: /ˈabdabz
(also habdabs)


British informal
  • Nervous anxiety or irritation: that idea gives most lawyers the screaming abdabs
    More example sentences
    • As long as they continue to keep out of my kitchen cupboards and bed I won't have the screaming abdabs.
    • These are the nightmare scenarios that have caused me to wake with the screaming abdabs over the past month.
    • He goes into prison (the cameraman had the abdabs) to interview the much feared mogul, who is polite and tells him nothing.


1940s: of unknown origin.

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