collywobbles


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col·ly·wob·bles

 (kŏl′ē-wŏb′əlz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
Informal Pain in the stomach or bowels.

[Probably alteration (influenced by colic wobble) of cholera morbus.]

collywobbles

(ˈkɒlɪˌwɒbəlz)
pl n
1. (Pathology) an upset stomach
2. (Pathology) acute diarrhoea
3. an intense feeling of nervousness
[C19: probably from New Latin cholera morbus the disease cholera, influenced through folk etymology by colic and wobble]

col•ly•wob•bles

(ˈkɒl iˌwɒb əlz)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) Informal.
1. intestinal cramps.
2. fear or apprehension.
[1815–25; coinage presumably based on colic, wobble; see -s3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.collywobbles - severe gastroenteritis of unknown etiology; characterized by severe colic and vomiting and diarrhea
gastroenteritis, intestinal flu, stomach flu - inflammation of the stomach and intestines; can be caused by Salmonella enteritidis
Translations

collywobbles

[ˈkɒlɪˌwɒblz] N (fig) → nerviosismo m, ataque m de nervios

collywobbles

pl (inf) the collywobbles (= upset stomach)Bauchgrimmen nt (inf); (= nerves)ein flaues Gefühl im Magen

collywobbles

[ˈkɒlɪˌwɒblz] npl (fam) to have the collywobbles (have stomach trouble) → avere mal di pancia; (be scared) → avere la tremarella
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