horrors, the n.
1. [mid-18C+] a fit of depression, unpleasant worries.
2. [mid-19C+] delirium tremens; often as in the horrors; ext. as blue horrors; cast-iron/stonewall horrors.
3. [mid-19C+] a hangover.
4. [1920s+] unpleasant reactions suffered during the withdrawal from narcotic drugs.
5. [1930s+] unpleasant experiences (usu. paranoid fantasies) brought about occas. by the effects of drug-taking, usu. smoking cannabis, opium or from taking a hallucinogen.
see separate entries.
see under dry adj.1
see dig horrors v.1