from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Extreme distress or discomposure.

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  • n. A state of condition of haste, flutter; extreme discomposure or distress; irritation exasperation annoyance.

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  • n. a panic or extreme discomposure


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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