The gut is located inside the middle part of the body. It carries the food down through the body during the digestion process. It is often referred to as the stomach or belly. The plural is ‘guts’.

guts idioms list

Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘gut’, I’ll be gutted if you don’t!

  • be gutted
    meaning – extremely disappointed or upset
    example – My kitten got hit by a car and killed today. The kids are going to be gutted when I tell them.
  • gut instinct/feeling
    meaning – the feeling you have in your body when you know you are right, trust your feelings
    example – I went with my gut feeling in the end and chose Oxford university.
  • have someone’s guts for garters
    meaning – severely punish someone
    example – My boy has taken my Porsche without permission, I’ll have his guts for garters.
  • have the guts
    meaning – be brave enough to do something
    example – We haven’t got the guts to tell mum we hate her cooking.

guts idioms list with pictures

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idiomatic expressions with body parts - guts
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guts idioms in English - gutted
guts idioms in English - have someone’s guts for garters
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