abdabs


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abdabs

(ˈæbˌdæbz)
n
old-fashioned Brit a case of extreme anxiety
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We all eventually reach the point at which we either have half an hour of peace, or we will have the screaming abdabs all over Sainsbury's.
AVOID the screaming abdabs and tradesmen throwing their toys (or tools) out of the cotby followingsome simple rules when you are dealing with contractors and other professsionals.
Now in this season to be jolly I am happy to be taken along with the tide of goodwill but when people start lighting candles willy-nilly I get the screaming abdabs.
The words and the prices rise like an economy pack of confetti, spend a lightweight moment or two in the consciousness and then prepare to disintegrate in the muddy puddle of derision, but not before they've done their bit to induce the screaming abdabs in every right-thinking man, woman and racehorse trainer in the land.