feel in one's bones

feel (something) in (one's) bones

To sense something strongly and intuitively. We all felt the truth of the situation in our bones. Something bad is going to happen tonight—I can feel it in my bones.
See also: bone, feel
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feel in one's bones

Have an intuition or hunch about something, as in I'm sure he'll succeed-I can feel it in my bones. This expression alludes to the age-old notion that persons with a healed broken bone or with arthritis experience bone pain before rain, due to a drop in barometric pressure, and therefore can predict a weather change. [c. 1600]
See also: bone, feel
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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