1. nervous anxiety; usu. as screaming abdabs
|Penguin New Writing No. 28 177: Come on, kid. This joint gives me the hab-dabs.‘Chalky’ in Lehmann|
|Teachers (1962) 191: The pictures gave you the creeping habdabs.|
|Man-Eating Typewriter 60: [M]y screeching abdabs were unnecessary.|
2. empty chatter, nonsense.
|He Died with His Eyes Open 55: You gotter say lick your arse, sir, touch the hat, bit of the abdabs, morning madam, fine day, then stick the old hand out for a bit of the dropsy.|
to hoax, to fool, to ‘tell the tale’; often as don’t come the (old) abdabs, don’t try to fool me.
|Private Parts in Public Places 172: Comin’ the abdabs with me, all that fine-lady kick!|
the horrors, utter disgust, abhorrence; usu. as that gives me the screaming abdabs.
|Our Time V-VI n.p.: ‘You give me the screaming hab-dabs,’ said Bill.|
|Piping Times 1-4 36: He blew a strident, sharp blast on the whistle, and the band stopped dead. [...] A Scottish R.A.F.-man was carried off on a stretcher with an acute case of the screaming abdabs.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act I: We’ve got two thousand Jocks up in the jungle suffering from the screaming ab-dabs.|
|School of Liars 62: Gives me the screaming abdabs, that one does.|
|Muvver Tongue 96: It’s [...] enough to give you the screaming abdabs.|
|Fixx 150: The number-one celebrity on my books going down with a case of the screaming abdabs.|
|Echo 25: For Christ’s sake smarten yourself up, or you’ll give the poor woman the screaming habdabs.|
|Observer Rev. 27 June 6: Annis gets a bad case of the screaming abdabs.|
|Bower Bird 7: She has the screaming abdabs if I mention him even.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 170: It’s quite disturbing to watch someone with a fit of the screaming habdabs.|