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gut-wrenching

Agonizing; extremely distressing, unpleasant, or emotionally disturbing; having a severe effect on one's feelings. What a gut-wrenching loss for the young athlete, who poured her heart and soul into this match. Kids today are so desensitized that images of violence their grandparents would have found gut-wrenching now barely even register a response.
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"Defense got us the win," said TNT coach Bong Ravena, whose bracing for another gutwrenching affair on Sunday when his team seek a 2-0 lead at the Big Dome.
A statement on the JustGiving page, which has raised PS5,000 in just six days, reads: "Just days ago whilst bailing he tragically suffered a harrowing farming accident, a gutwrenching ordeal with machinery tore his arm away.
Morgan and company go into today's game at Chester-le-Street knowing victory would guarantee them a place in the semi-finals, with defeat leaving them in danger of another gutwrenching exit.
Given the tirade that Boris Johnson launched against Gordon Brown when Labour replaced Tony Blair without a General Election, the hypocrisy is gutwrenching.
Sure, the usual caveat applies that you can replace a horse and not a human, but the hole left in their lives and yard right now is an utterly gutwrenching chasm.
Yes, it was gutwrenching, bleak and brutal - but so brilliantly done.
There was praise for some players and focus on the learning curve for others, but it was a gutwrenching loss a year on from the World Cup semifinal exit to Croatia.
Benetton Rugby's best-ever season ended in a gutwrenching 15-13 defeat at Thomond Park yesterday as JJ Hanrahan's late penalty from halfway guided Munster into the Guinness PRO14 semi-finals.
PETERBOROUGH United's injurytime equaliser was 'gutwrenching' and 'hard to take' admits Jack Ross, just when it looked as though Sunderland had done enough to take all three points.
PETERBOROUGH United's injury-time equaliser was 'gutwrenching' and 'hard to take' admits Jack Ross, just when it looked as though Sunderland had done enough to take all three points.
Amandla Stenberg delivers a gutwrenching lead performance as a teenager who zigzags uncomfortably between two worlds - her poor, mostly black neighbourhood and the wealthy, mostly white prep school she attends.
Meanwhile the firsts, who are not in action this week, suffered a gutwrenching 3-2 defeat at the hands of Herit-Watt University firsts that has dented their top three aspirations.
It's gutwrenching. It's like building houses in the middle of Singleton Park."
Again, the story revolves around Clementine and is packed with drama, with gamers having to make some genuinely gutwrenching decisions as it closes out her story.