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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The challenge for the players after Sunday is for them to get into another big game and to take away that horrible feeling they've got in the pit of their stomachs," said Betts.
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Thomson and youngster Danny Wilson watched the drama unfold on a big-screen TV - both fearing in the pit of their stomachs their red cards might just have cost their club the first leg of a historic treble.
For many CPAs, performing the calculation for their firms may bring on a sick feeling in the pit of their stomachs.