[ UK /wˈɪliz/ ]
  1. feelings of uneasiness
    that guy gave me the willies
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How To Use willies In A Sentence

  • On the same day that it's icy cold in the Artic, it's foggy in Louisiana, sunny in Barbados, and blowing wild winds called willy-willies in Australia.
  • Reagan clearly seems fascinated by the prospect of becoming the great disarmer, which is what gives conservatives the willies. American Sketches
  • To add to the sanitary problems putting athletes off attending the Delhi Commonwealth Games, a series of DIY SOS bodged building jobs also put the willies up competitors. A history of the year in 100 objects – part one
  • I was delighted to hear, a couple of years ago, that barn owls had taken to peering into bedroom windows of flats in East Delhi, giving the incumbents the willies no doubt!
  • Often the topsoil was easy to see because it was blowing around in the air, in willy-willies like mini-tornadoes.
  • ‘It gave you the willies,’ said Brendan J. McGarry, a veteran transit police officer.
  • One tape gives me the willies - it's about a stuffed bear who is rejected in the store because he lacks a button, so at night he searches through the department store for the button that will make him loved.
  • Spending a night in the house alone always gives me the willies.
  • Everyone equipped to respond gets the willies and eventually discover everyone onboard is dead for unknown reasons. Rabid Reads "The Strain" by Chuck Hogan * Guillermo Del Toro
  • It gives even field-hardened terrorism experts the willies: bad guys launching shoulder-fired missiles at jetliners, killing hundreds and grounding air traffic.
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