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The 18 idioms are, cast-iron stomach, go belly up, to be yellow-bellied, hate someone's guts, gutted, gut-wrenching, not able to or cannot stomach something, a fire in your belly, sick to the stomach, a gut reaction or feeling, butterflies in your stomach, misery guts, turn the stomach, in the pit of your stomach, I have no stomach for something, have guts, to have a strong stomach, and have a bellyful of something. This British English idioms lesson will help to you learn, remember, and use 18 common British English idiomatic expressions to do with the digestive system.Body Idioms Course
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IDIOMS
If you can eat or face anything, particularly things that make other people feel sick, we say you have a cast-iron stomach.
“My brother-in-law had a cast-iron stomach and would often eat vindaloos, while I could only manage a madras.”
GO BELLY UP
If a company or business fails and goes out of business, we say it has gone belly up.
“Over half of new businesses go belly up within the first two years.”
NOTE: Probably from the fact that dead animals are often found belly up.
TO BE YELLOW-BELLIED
Person who is cowardly or lacks courage is yellow-bellied.
“Don’t be so yellow-bellied! Tell her to leave you in peace.”
HATE SOMEONE’S GUTS
If you hate someone’s guts, you absolutely detest them.
“Why do you stay married if you hate his guts?”
When you are extremely unhappy or disappointed by something that has happened outside of your control, you are gutted.
“The patient was gutted when his new kidney was rejected.”
Something that you find extremely unpleasant or which causes you great distress or sadness is gut-wrenching.
“I have to say that was the most gut-wrenching scene I’ve ever witnessed in the movie.”
NOTE: To wrench is to pull suddenly with some force.
NOT ABLE TO/CANNOT STOMACH SOMETHING
If you cannot tolerate or endure someone or something, you’re not able to/cannot stomach them/it.
“I’m not able to/can’t stomach such excessively self-indulgent kind of behaviour.”
A FIRE IN YOUR BELLY
A fire in your belly is when you have the emotional fortitude or drive to achieve something or to take action.
“He approached the problem with a fire in his belly and quickly found a solution.”
SICK TO THE STOMACH
Something that makes you feel sick to your stomach is so unpleasant it makes you feel physically ill.
“The first time I went to the scene of an accident, I felt sick to my stomach.”
A GUT REACTION/FEELING
A gut reaction/feeling is a based on your immediate feelings or intuition about someone or something.
“When I heard his story my gut reaction was to disbelieve him. Now I’m not so sure.”
BUTTERFLIES IN YOUR STOMACH
A feeling of nervousness in your stomach is called butterflies in your stomach.
“I think that anyone who has to speak in public experiences butterflies in their stomach.”
Someone who perpetually complains and is never happy when they should be could be described as a misery guts.
“I’m not going to spend four hours on a plane with that misery guts, that’s for sure.”
TURN THE STOMACH
When you feel sick, and usually because you’re upset or angry about something, that something turns your stomach.
“The thought of having to eat six raw eggs after every workout turned my stomach.”
IN THE PIT OF YOUR STOMACH
If you feel something in the pit of your stomach, you have a strange tight feeling in your abdomen, usually because you are afraid.
“I had a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach.”
NOTE: Pit is the lowest part of something.
I HAVE NO STOMACH FOR SOMETHING
When you dislike or are unable to tolerate something, you have no stomach for it.
“I have no stomach for opera.”
To have the guts to do something is to be brave and courageous enough to undertake it.
“Trust me, he doesn’t have the guts to fire you.”
TO HAVE A STRONG STOMACH
If you can experience very unpalatable things without feeling upset, you have a strong stomach.
“Some of the things I saw as a policeman demanded a very strong stomach.”
HAVE A BELLYFUL OF SOMETHING
When you have had a bellyful of something, you have had more of it than you are willing to tolerate or endure.
“I’ve had a bellyful of your complaining.”
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