a gut feeling

This page is about the idiom a gut feeling


If you have a gut feeling, you sense something about a person or a situation, without knowing why, but you're sure what you sense is true.

For example

  • As soon as I came into the room I had a gut feeling that something was wrong - and then I saw the dead body.

  • Chaz said his gut feeling was that Laura was lying and, sure enough, she was.

Origin: Probably derived from the fact that many people experience emotions and intuitive feelings as being centred on, or having a strong effect on, the stomach area, which is also called the gut. Interestingly, the nervous system's second biggest network of closely-interconnected neurones, after the brain, is located in this area of the body.

Quick Quiz

Beth said she had a gut feeling that her husband was cheating on her, but she

a. couldn't prove it

b. could prove it

c. had proved it already

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Contributor: Matt Errey