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the pit of one's (or the) stomach

Definition of the pit of one's or the stomach in English:

An ill-defined region of the lower abdomen regarded as the seat of strong feelings, especially anxiety.
Example sentences
  • Why was the nervous feeling in the pit of his stomach so strong he felt nauseous?
  • He has been well trained for it but you do get a fear in the pit of your stomach when you think about what could happen to him.
  • I am not being patronising, far from it, because I know exactly what their fans must be enduring and it leaves a terrible emptiness at the pit of your stomach.
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