gut check

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gut check
a pause to assess the state, progress, or condition of something such as an enterprise or institution

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Main Entry:  gut check
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a test of one's nerve, courage, or determination
Example:  It is gut-check time for corporate America.
Usage:  gut-check adj's 21st Century Lexicon
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