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gut-wrenching

[guht-ren-ching] /ˈgʌtˌrɛn tʃɪŋ/
adjective
1.
involving great distress or anguish; agonizing:
a gut-wrenching decision.
Can be confused
gut-wrenching, heartrending.
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British Dictionary definitions for gutwrenching

gut-wrenching

adjective
1.
(informal) causing great distress or suffering: gut-wrenching scenes
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Contemporary definitions for gutwrenching
adjective

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

Examples

She is about to make a gut-wrenching decision.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gutwrenching

gut-wrenching

adjective

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+)


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