jumps, the n.
1. (orig. US) delirium tremens.
|High Spirits II 203: He had been drinking, and in fact was on the verge of ‘the jumps,’ which is what the Yankees term delerium tremens.‘Captain Cole Passenger’ in|
|Sporting Times 26 Jan. 1/4: ‘Can you [...] carry people to bed?’ ‘And hold them down when they have the jumps?’.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Oct. 8/2: Though genuine hops may be used for that stuff / ’Tis better to booze at the pumps, / For those dreadful long beers, if imbibed long enough, / Will soon produce genuine ‘jumps.’.|
|‘“Roll Up at Talbragar”’ in Roderick (1972) 749: You’ve got der yoomps, Pen.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Sept. 11/1: When our tars have gone a-cruising in some ports in foreign parts / We have known ’em get the ‘jim-jams’ and the ‘jumps,’ / And the grog that’s made by Roosians / Undermines their constitootions; / But we never knew that sailors got the mumps.|
|‘Sl. Expressions for Drunk’ New Republic in AS XVI:1 (1941) 9 Mar. 70: [...] has the jumps.|
|Red Wind (1946) 77: I need a drink, Mac. I’ve got the jumps.‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’ in|
|‘Thanks For The Memory’ in Kiss Me Goodnight, Sgt.-Major (1973) 72: Yankee beer that’s far too dear, and gives us all the jumps.|
2. (US) nervousness.
|Breaking Into Society (1904) 90: He began to look Wild out of the Eyes and had a severe Case of the Jumps.|
|Arthur’s 250: ‘I got the jumps a little,’ said the woman.|
|Boy’s Own Paper XL:2 97: Faith, sorr, it looks as if the niggers got the jumps.|
|Black Gang 269: For heaven’s sake, Zaboleff, don’t get the jumps.|
|Green Ice (1988) 71: The driver looked so much like the bird that had driven Dot Ellis on her last trip that it gave me the jumps.|
|Sparkling Cyanide (1955) 114: She looked rather as though she had the jumps herself.|
|Monkey On My Back (1954) 256: But just one cat alone – well, you get the jumps.|
|Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 43: He had the jumps so bad he couldn’t sit still.|
3. excitement, ‘the fidgets’.
|Penguin Dorothy Parker (1982) 182: It gave me the jumps, thinking about going down there and sitting at that desk.‘The Last Tea’ in|