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jitters

Meaning: nervousness, anxiety

For example:

  • It's normal to get the jitters before doing an exam, but after it starts you'll begin to relax.

  • I always suffer a bout of the jitters before giving a presentation at work. How can I relax so I seem more confident and assured?

Note: 1. always used with the definite article "the" 2. see also "jittery"

Quick Quiz:

Lots of people get the jitters when they
  1. have a job interview
  2. see a funny movie
  3. have to wait in a long queue or line

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