the pit of the stomach


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the pit of the 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. The film leaves you with an awful feeling of dread in the pit of the stomach as you realize that, not only could something like that happen in real life, it could happen at any given second.
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the pit of your/the ˈstomach

the bottom of the stomach where people say they feel strong feelings, especially fear: He had a sudden sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach.
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