a kick in the guts

a kick in the guts

1. A thoroughly devastating or disappointing setback or failure. Losing the championship match was a real kick in the guts, but I knew I just had to train even harder and try again next year.
2. A harsh punishment (or remedy) for acting foolishly or malevolently. Usually used in the form "someone needs a kick in the guts," or similar. Tim needs a kick in the guts for passing up such a fantastic job opportunity. Whoever has been spreading rumors about Cathy deserves a kick in the guts!
See also: gut, kick

kick in the guts

Sl. a severe blow to one's body or spirit. The news was a kick in the guts, and I haven't recovered yet. I didn't need a kick in the guts like that.
See also: gut, kick

kick in the guts

n. a severe blow to one’s body or spirit. The news was a kick in the guts, and I haven’t recovered yet.
See also: gut, kick