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 ?
For, as night came on, a queer, empty feeling at the pit of his stomach reminded the Marionette that he had eaten nothing as yet.
"He wants to see a battle," said Zherkov to Bolkonski, pointing to the accountant, "but he feels a pain in the pit of his stomach already."
Again, as on the preceding day, I had recourse to earthly tactics, and swinging my right fist full upon the point of his chin I followed it with a smashing left to the pit of his stomach. The effect was marvelous, for, as I lightly sidestepped, after delivering the second blow, he reeled and fell upon the floor doubled up with pain and gasping for wind.
Without any sense of guilt in his breast, in the full peace of his conscience as far as these people were concerned, the idea that he would be murdered for mysterious reasons by the couple Verloc passed not so much across his mind as across the pit of his stomach, and went out, leaving behind a trail of sickly faintness - an indisposition.
Down he went, at the pit of his stomach that old sink sensation which he had known as a boy he first negotiated quick-starting elevators.
The hand that held the lump of quartz was trembling, and there was a tired, nervous palpitation apparently in the pit of his stomach. It came to him abruptly that what he wanted was a drink--whiskey, cocktails, anything, a drink.
I COULD have said, "But would you advise a person to deliberately practice having a toothache in the pit of his stomach for a couple of years in order that he might then come to enjoy it?" But I reserved that remark.
He can feel it deep down in the pit of his stomach.
She tugged at his earring with her teeth, firing a depth-charge in the pit of his stomach.
The Prime Minister will feel sick to the pit of his stomach when Rupert Murdoch is questioned by the Culture committee.
He claimed police DNA evidence revealing him as the attacker made him "sick to the pit of his stomach".
Brooks was visibly hurt by lefts driven into the pit of his stomach and at the start of the third, Davies stepped up his attacks.
Chris Rusby said he was "sick to the pit of his stomach" after the pounds 10,000 Dazon 1100 buggy was snatched from a Calderdale lock-up.
He turned and went back up the hill and down Beale Street, and he felt a little sick in the pit of his stomach. Everywhere he could see how things had changed.
A strained chuckle escapes from the pit of his stomach.