Have butterflies - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
have butterflies in (one's) stomach (redirected from have butterflies)
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
You can't have butterflies
without first having caterpillars.
But of course, to have butterflies
you first have to have caterpillars.