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gut reaction

A reaction to a situation based on a person's instinct and feelings, rather than on a logical analysis. My initial gut reaction was that the merger would result in a drop in stock prices, but the opposite turned out to be true.
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a gut reaction

COMMON A gut reaction is a reaction that you have immediately and strongly, without thinking about something or being aware of your reasons. At first my gut reaction was to never write again. My heart's loyal to the party but my gut reaction is to vote against the bill.
1. If you describe a task or activity as gut-busting, you mean it is very hard work. It would be hard work, he predicted — back-breaking, gut-busting, unbelievably hard work.
2. You can use gut-busting to describe a very large amount of food. Walker set a record by eating a gut-busting 32 pies.
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gut reaction

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Shoulds are heady stuff, wants are gut reactions. Shoulds quickly get contradictory and overwhelming and guilt-ridden, wants usually don't.
"Gut Reactions: The Science of Weight Gain and Loss" by chemist Simon Quellen Field (who created the popular web site www.scitoys.com) shows his readers how their bodies react to food and the environment and how their brains affect what and how much they eat.
Subtle foreshadowing, most evident in Marah's gut reactions, and steadily tense events move the narrative along.
Watch out for your loved ones' microexpressions: fleeting facial expressions driven by our gut reactions.
The investigations proceed on dual levels, exhibiting another common thread in the series: a step-by-step police procedural carefully following clues and Banks' gut reactions which naturally turn out to be correct.
They were elected to safeguard the whole of us, based on facts, not gut reactions. At the moment we are being driven by a hard-line, right-wing government, goaded on by turkeys clamouring for Christmas.
To measure the participants' gut reactions toward the ads, the researchers had them memorize a 10-digit code before viewing the ads, a cognitive distraction designed to prevent them from thinking too deeply about the ads.
They flashed pictures of said partners at each of them for one-third of a second and asked them to use one of the following words - great, awesome, horrible, scary - thereby measuring their subconscious gut reactions.
Often confused with gut reactions, heuristics are ancient associations that have developed over eons.
He notes that most managers hire based on gut reactions, and argues that hiring decisions based on emotions, biases, personalities, or stereotypes often turn out to be bad decisions.
While I was asked to perform this SWOT based on my initial gut reactions, I think the results are fair and true.
What we are about to witness took years of careful planning and some gut reactions that failed to exist under previous regimes.
Much of the marketing strategies in the past came from anecdotal information or gut reactions.
"I wanted their gut reactions to their surroundings." She got her wish--and then some.