turn one's stomach

Idioms & Phrases

turn one's stomach

Nauseate one, disgust one, as in That mess of spoiled food turns my stomach. This idiom alludes to being so nauseated that one vomitsthat is, the stomach in effect turns around and brings up food. It was first recorded in 1622.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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