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gut-wrenching

Agonizing; extremely distressing, unpleasant, or emotionally disturbing; having a severe effect on one's feelings. What a gut-wrenching loss for the young athlete, who poured her heart and soul into this match. Kids today are so desensitized that images of violence their grandparents would have found gut-wrenching now barely even register a response.
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He further said that it was still gut wrenching to see all the secrets getting revealed so casually, the report added.
The Cork skipper (right) said: "Losing to Galway felt gut wrenching and we're going to go out against them now with that hurt.
From gut wrenching emotion to light and humorous observation the reader is enlightened and exposed to a subject, often avoided.
I don't want anyone to think that this is not a gut wrenching decision for me,''he said.
And the drawings hanging on the gallery walls are just as compelling and gut wrenching as the completed films, a testament to Kentridge's powerful skills as an artist.
The former Bairns skipper said: "It's really gut wrenching to be leaving the club.
He said: "It's gut wrenching - it really turns my stomach what the government's doing - its playing God.
I have never experienced anything remotely like it and the desperation we face at the moment is absolutely gut wrenching - when you hear stories of misery and pity and of people not in anyway near the minimum wage level.
This simple act of loving kindness proves almost more than he can bear, and becomes the catalyst for a gut wrenching re-evaluation of life, love, and the terrible yet fascinating nature of God.