Had butterflies in his stomach - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
have butterflies in (one's) stomach (redirected from had butterflies in his stomach)
have butterflies in (one's) stomach
To have a feeling of nervousness, often before a performance or undertaking of some kind. I almost didn't go on stage and perform tonight because I had butterflies in my stomach.
have butterflies in your stomach have a queasy feeling because you are nervous. informal
get/have ˈbutterflies (in your stomach) (informal) get/have a nervous feeling in your stomach before doing something: I always get butterflies (in my stomach) before an interview.
References in periodicals archive
The Irish winger admitted that he had butterflies in his stomach
beforehand as he contemplated lining out alongside Brian O'Driscoll at inside centre rather than on the touchline.
No-one dared ask if he too had butterflies in his stomach
after such a telling defeat.