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English definition of “have butterflies (in your stomach)”

have butterflies (in your stomach)

to feel very nervous about something that you are going to do: She had butterflies in her stomach as she walked out onto the stage .Anxious and worried
(Definition of have butterflies (in your stomach) from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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