noun: a term that was used in the 1950s and 1960s by gents on Skid Row for the delirium tremens, which are sometimes fatal. It probably referred to the illusion that things were moving when they were not and the feeling that your skin was crawling away. When a person feels the snakes coming on, it is time to let up a little, sip a little low test, white port and settle your nerves.
I don't know what was in that fuckin' rot gut we go into, but it gave me the fuckin' snakes for two fuckin' days.
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