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gut check

noun (US & Canadian, informal)
1.
a pause to assess the state, progress, or condition of something such as an enterprise or institution
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Contemporary definitions for gut check
noun

a test of one's nerve, courage, or determination

Examples

It is gut-check time for corporate America.

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