a gut feeling

gut feeling

An intuition or instinct, as opposed to an opinion based on a logical analysis. Jennifer's mother had a gut feeling that something was wrong when her daughter wasn't home by 10 o'clock.
See also: feeling, gut

a gut feeling

COMMON If you have a gut feeling about something, you are sure you are right about it even though you cannot give reasons. I had a gut feeling that he was lying too.
See also: feeling, gut
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For a locust, that urge to join the crowd may literally be a gut feeling.
I have, at times, regretted ignoring a gut feeling and I suspect that I am not done.