What does "You have twitches tonight" mean?

I am thinking this is some kind of idioms but i can't guess the meaning.

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    It's not an idiom that I've heard before. Can you tell us were you found that phrase? Maybe the context will help Jul 25, 2014 at 5:36
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    It's from a book I read. it goes : Mrs. Jones eyeing him sharply.“You have the twitches to-night. Anything wrong?”
    – malianto
    Jul 25, 2014 at 5:38
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    it probably means that he's twitching more than usual, or that he looks nervous Jul 25, 2014 at 5:40
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    Please add the title and author of the book, as well as the page number. Knowing what book this is may make a difference to the answer, as languages change over time. If to-night is quoted accurately, that suggests relatively archaic English. Jul 25, 2014 at 6:32
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    When quoting a phrase, you should make sure to quote it exactly, including hyphenation. twitches-tonight doesn't mean much to anyone, but twitches to-night is easily recognisable as twitches followed by the archaic to-night for tonight.
    – AakashM
    Jul 25, 2014 at 13:25

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The sentence most likely means

You're twitching (or nervous)today

It's using the same syntax that you would use if you were to tell someone that they had a disease or condition.

When someone tells you that you have a disease they will normally say

You have [disease name]

for instance:

You have the flu.

If one were to make up a word for the condition of twitching a lot, the twitches is a word that might come up, and that's probably what the author of that book did

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