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feel it in (one's) bones
To sense something strongly and intuitively. Please stay home tonight—this storm is going to be bad, I feel it in my bones. I know you don't agree with her decision, but she feels it in her bones that this is the best thing to do.
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feel it in one's bones, to
To anticipate something; to have a premonition or warning of a coming event. The expression appeared in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, in which the Third Lord responds to the statement that Timon is mad, “I feel ’t upon my bones” (3.6). The saying, which has been a cliché for a hundred years or so, most likely alludes to the alleged ability of those with old bone fractures and/or arthritis to forecast a change in weather (usually rain) based on their aching bones.
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