whim-whams

whim-whams

pl n
informal US nervousness or fright (esp in the phrase give someone the whim-whams)
References in classic literature ?
I have no space (in that little room) to catalogue all the whim-whams with which she had made it beautiful, from the hand-sewn bell-rope which pulled no bell to the hand-painted cigar-box that contained no cigars.
A Periodical without a Tendency (On Whim-Whams and Whimsies of Anti-Militarism)
Salmagundi (in full Salmagundi; or, The Whim-Whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq., and Others) Popular American periodical consisting of pamphlets containing humorous and satiric essays and poems, published from 1807 to 1808 and from 1819 to 1820.
In 1807 and 1808 Paulding and Irving published a humorous periodical, <IR> SALMAGUNDI </IR> ; <IR> OR </IR> , <IR> THE WHIM-WHAMS AND OPINIONS OF LAUNCELOT LANGSTAFF </IR> , <IR> ESQ </IR> ., <IR> AND OTHERS </IR> , which contained essays styled after the Spectator.