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[guht-ren-ching] /ˈgʌtˌrɛn tʃɪŋ/
involving great distress or anguish; agonizing:
a gut-wrenching decision.
Can be confused
gut-wrenching, heartrending. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gut-wrenching
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  • My supplemental budget proposal reflects a series of difficult, and far too often, gut-wrenching decisions.
  • It was a gut-wrenching experience for the public and reformers alike.
British Dictionary definitions for gut-wrenching


(informal) causing great distress or suffering: gut-wrenching scenes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for gut-wrenching

extremely distressing or unpleasant; agonizing; having a powerful effect on one's feelings


She is about to make a gut-wrenching decision.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for gut-wrenching



Emotionally shattering; extremely disturbing: graphic, gut-wrenching description of gang violence/ Thursday's gut-wrenching roll-call victories represented a down payment on Clinton's campaign promises to get the country moving again (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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