a strong stomach

strong stomach

1. The ability to eat foods that others may find unusual, unpalatable, or too spicy without experiencing any ill effects like nausea or upset stomach. My husband has such a strong stomach that he can eat a ghost pepper and feel perfectly fine afterward. You must have a strong stomach if you're eating pickles with peanut butter!
2. The ability to experience or witness something unpleasant without becoming upset, nauseous, or squeamish. That horror movie you're going to see is pretty gory. I hope you have a strong stomach! I don't have a strong stomach, so I could never be a surgeon.
See also: stomach, strong

a strong stomach

an ability to see or do unpleasant things without feeling sick or squeamish.
See also: stomach, strong
References in classic literature ?
One with a strong stomach and a hard head may be able to tolerate much of the unconscious and undeliberate cruelty and torture of the world that is perpetrated in hot blood and stupidity.
Possessed myself of a strong stomach and a hard head, inured to hardship, cruelty, and brutality, nevertheless I found, as I came to manhood, that I unconsciously protected myself from the hurt of the trained-animal turn by getting up and leaving the theatre whenever such turns came on the stage.