the pit of your stomach

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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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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References in classic literature ?
Do you feel an uncomfortable heat at the pit of your stomach, sir?
That little feeling in the pit of your stomach was great and uncomfortable in equal measure.
All that tension in the pit of your stomach suddenly erupts as laughter - only it's not funny.
There really is no feeling like that realization, that sinking feeling deep in the pit of your stomach, that things have gone horribly wrong.
Seeing your driver fly through his windscreen in full HD glory will put a warm glow in the pit of your stomach.
Wembley was stunning, even though those empty seats left a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.
AFTER a few days, the anger, frustration and disappointment at England's exit begins to subside and you can go about enjoying the actual World Cup without a gnawing fear in the pit of your stomach.
Most of us had forgotten that really sickening feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when travelling home after watching Everton lose a crucial game.
Deep in the pit of your stomach, you know you should go for healthful stuff but, after a long morning of classes, darned if the pizza, tater tots and Fritos aren't calling your name
As you check your tools once, twice, and then a third time, a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach begins to grow.
That horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach is terrible for any manager or team.
ARE you sick to the pit of your stomach with the Tories' tax raid on pies and bridies?
You know those butterflies you get in the pit of your stomach right before an oral report or a big game?
That single word can send you into a feverish panic, hot and cold sweats, a yearning in the pit of your stomach to dive head-first into a vat of chocolate and lose yourself in the tantalisingly sweet taste forever.