the jitters

plural noun

informal
: a very nervous feeling
I always get (a bad case of) the jitters before I have to give a speech.

Examples of the jitters in a Sentence

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“The jitters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20jitters. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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