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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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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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.
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.
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.
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?
The hand that held the lump of quartz was trembling, and there was a tired, nervous palpitation apparently in the pit of his stomach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A strained chuckle escapes from the pit of his stomach.
Nail said he felt sick to the pit of his stomach after reading allegations about his sexual behaviour, greed and prima donna tendencies in a Sunday newspaper.