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1. fantods
a. A state of nervous irritability.
b. Nervous movements caused by tension.
2. An outburst of emotion; a fit.

[Origin unknown.]
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(ˈfæntəd) or


1. crotchety or faddish behaviour
2. (pl) a state of restlessness or unease
[C19: of uncertain origin]
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(ˈfæn tɒd)

1. Usu., fantods. a state of extreme nervousness or restlessness (usu. prec. by the).
2. Sometimes, fantods. a sudden outpouring of anger or a similar intense emotion.
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References in classic literature ?
It most give me the fantods. He had a blanket around his head, and his head was nearly in the fire.
But she gives me a fantod. Meaning no offense." Nightmarish imagery lets Chabon show us how the grandmother's war experiences scarred her without forcing him to reveal specific events.
Cyn son am gyffuriau, y peth mwyaf angenrheidiol oedd rhywbeth tebyg i wn sydd yn cael ei ddefnyddio i ddofi elif fantod oedd ei angen i ddofi'r chwaraewyr.
Mother well signed Phil O'Donnell recently and had to rely on a fantod on ate along-sleeved kit as they did not have one for him.