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"gut" in British English

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gutnoun

uk   /ɡʌt/  us   /ɡʌt/
  • gut noun (BOWELS)

[C] the long tube in the body of a person or animal, through which food moves during the process of digesting food: Meat stays in the gut longer than vegetable matter.
[C] informal a person's stomach when it is extremely large: He's got a huge beer gut (= large stomach caused by drinking beer).
guts C2 [plural]
bowels: My guts hurt. He got a knife in the guts.
[U] a strong thread made from an animal's bowels used, especially in the past, for making musical instruments and sports rackets
  • gut noun (FEELING)

gut feeling/reaction informal
a strong belief about someone or something that cannot completely be explained and does not have to be decided by reasoning: I have a gut feeling that the relationship won't last.
sb's gut informal
a way of deciding what should be done or what is right, that is based on how someone feels rather than thinking about reasons: My head said that I should go but my gut said I should stay. I went with my gut and chose Sarah to lead the team.

gutverb [T]

uk   /ɡʌt/  us   /ɡʌt/ (-tt-)
(Definition of gut from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gut" in American English

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gutnoun [C/U]

 us   /ɡʌt/
  • gut noun [C/U] (STOMACH)

the bowels or the stomach: [U] I had a feeling of sickness deep in the gut.
Your gut is also the front part of your body near the waist: [C usually sing] He’d added a few extra pounds to his gut.
The guts of a machine are its inner, necessary parts: [pl] The front panel was attached to the guts of the unit by three color-coded wires.

gutadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɡʌt/
coming from or having to do with your emotions, not from thought: My gut reaction is we’d better not get involved.

gutverb [T]

 us   /ɡʌt/ (-tt-)
  • gut verb [T] (DESTROY)

to destroy or remove the inside parts of a building: The warehouse was gutted – only the charred walls remained.
(Definition of gut from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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