the pit of (one's) stomach

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the pit of (one's) stomach

An area in the core of one's abdomen, approximately in or near one's stomach, in which one feels a physical response to strong emotion, especially fear, stress, or anxiety. I've had this awful feeling in the pit of my stomach all morning because I know we'll be finding out the results to the final exam this afternoon.
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pit of one's stomach

Fig. the middle of one's stomach; the location of a "visceral response." I got a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach when they told me the bad news.
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the pit of your (or the) stomach

an ill-defined region of the lower abdomen seen as the seat of strong feelings, especially anxiety.
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References in classic literature ?
But she could hear the resounding blows, and with the sound of each blow she felt a sickening sensation in the pit of her stomach.
Mrs Morgan, a long, shapeless overcoat covering her nightdress, her hair hanging in two straggling plaits, leaned against the table in the gas-lit middle-room, a loaf of bread held into the pit of her stomach.
It sickens her to the pit of her stomach," said prosecutor Harry Hadfield, reading from statements in court.
The image of him looking tanned and healthy must have made his brave victim sick to the pit of her stomach.
The eight-legged horror fell slowly from the light bulb, suspended by a fine thread, and Michelle felt intense fear in the pit of her stomach as the spider's cold body landed on her feet.
She feels sick to the pit of her stomach - absolutely nauseated," said a friend last night.
She used to get a horrible feeling in the pit of her stomach every time Big Gav pulled on the dark blue jersey .