Definition of gut in US English:

gut

noun

  • 1also gutsThe stomach or belly.

    ‘a painful stabbing feeling in his gut’
    • ‘Some angry fan punched him in the gut, injured him, and he lost the Tour.’
    • ‘When Tom Friedman starts talking peace plans, it's usually time for either a stomach pump or a belly laugh - either way, your guts are going to be sore.’
    • ‘It doesn't mean that you'll end up with six bullets in your guts.’
    • ‘His guts screamed with pain, and he was so disoriented he couldn't move until the sound of gunshots made him force himself to get up.’
    • ‘If a crocodile ate her alive, you'd imagine she'd give the rotter a good ticking off while trapped inside its guts.’
    • ‘If you get churning guts, concentrate on relaxing your stomach muscles.’
    • ‘His voice, deeper and from the gut, returns in this CD to a peaceable realm, to the great meditative music of the Mandingo empire.’
    • ‘All they are is a stabbing knife-like pain in the guts.’
    • ‘There was a slight itching pain in my guts and my face burned.’
    • ‘Youth's bass lines still hit you full on in the gut, whilst Geordie's fabulously taut guitar works still works its way right inside your ears.’
    • ‘Sims' basslines were jabs to the gut - physical in the extreme.’
    • ‘Patients will almost never knee you in the groin or kick you in the gut.’
    • ‘If the President lined up every world leader in a line and systematically punched each of them in the gut in the name of unilateral diplomacy, would you still vote for him?’
    • ‘My students were not even afraid to try to hurt me: two boys spent a month throwing pencils at me in the middle of lessons; another child slugged me in the gut.’
    • ‘All of this has got to cause a churning in his gut.’
    • ‘Griffin looked at his stomach, seeing that his own knife was jabbed into his guts.’
    • ‘I do still feel like I've been kicked in the gut, but I've kind of gotten used to that.’
    • ‘I didn't even have time to respond, my entire focus was spent on making sure my face didn't look like someone punched me in the gut.’
    • ‘You slice your wrist and it's as good as stabbing yourself in the gut.’
    • ‘It would've taken away the pain that now twisted inside his guts.’
    stomach, belly, abdomen
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    1. 1.1Medicine Biology The lower alimentary canal or a part of this; the intestine.
      ‘microbes which naturally live in the human gut’
      • ‘Some of these organisms can damage the cells lining the inner surface of the gut and interfere with the normal processes of the intestines.’
      • ‘A stoma is an artificial opening to or from the intestine (which is also known as the gut or bowel) on the abdominal wall usually created by a surgeon.’
      • ‘The cells in the brain and in the gut have receptors that respond to nicotine.’
      • ‘In some the problem has a behavioural basis, whereas in others there may be subtle neuromuscular abnormalities of the gut.’
      • ‘Different strains infect different tissues and organs - lungs, guts, kidneys, livers, brains or reproductive systems.’
    2. 1.2guts Entrails that have been removed or exposed in violence or by a butcher.
      • ‘People were running and screaming bodies littered the floor some turned inside out with brains and guts littering the floor.’
      • ‘My father cut the shark open, removed the guts, cut the head off, and then preserved him in ice.’
      • ‘She watched him wrap his bloody arms around his stomach as if he was trying to hold in his guts.’
      • ‘During slaughter some of the guts may spill onto meat.’
      • ‘The locals told me that it's normal to see camels walking through the desert and their guts fall out because camel spiders eat their intestinal walls.’
      • ‘I was looking down at the butchered corpse of a man whose belly had been slashed and his guts spread for some distance along the ground.’
      • ‘Instinctively, my eyes roll back into my skull as I claw open the fish's belly, spilling its guts into the water.’
      • ‘In May, a processing plant in Carthage Missouri began turning turkey guts, feathers, blood and carcasses into an oil alternative.’
      • ‘It feels like a cannon ball has just slammed into my stomach and my guts are all strewn over the place.’
      • ‘Look at the power of Wallace; it's 700 years since his guts were dug from his belly and his extremities planted around the countryside, yet there goes the sword.’
      • ‘The last one standing, who had one hand holding his own guts in, flickered and disappeared from existence.’
      • ‘Removing the guts she placed them in a separate bag lined with snow to keep them fresh.’
      • ‘I get to hunt Africa every year and without the steaks and the guts from the antelope, many African societies would have vanished already.’
      • ‘Jurgis arrives for work and is quickly trained to sweep up the guts and entrails of the slaughtered cattle, following behind the disemboweler.’
      • ‘I need to be taken back and have my guts put back in the stomach where nature intended them.’
      • ‘There are exploding blood packs, guts hanging out of soldiers and, that good old stylistic standby, the shift into slo-mo.’
      • ‘Mother's guts had been literally ripped out from her stomach.’
      • ‘A small hand reached from behind him, ripping his belly open, spilling out his guts.’
      • ‘Imagine trying to remove the guts of a cow or chicken once every minute.’
      • ‘Cut off the heads, remove the clear coloured backbone and remove the guts to leave a large opening at the head end.’
      intestines, entrails
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    3. 1.3guts The internal parts or essence of something.
      ‘the guts of a modern computer’
      • ‘It took a foreign coach to unleash the real power from within the gut of England by summoning the courage to select about seven young, black, gifted patriots.’
      • ‘They are commuting into New Orleans, swabbing the mold off walls, ripping the guts out of buildings, removing mountains of soggy debris.’
      • ‘Like Jacques Brel before him, Elliott strips his songs of any superfluous attribute, only leaving them bare, exposing their guts, and his, for all to see.’
      • ‘He turned the alarm over to see why it hadn't woken him up, and noticed that half of its electronic guts were strewn all over the floor.’
      • ‘The guts of the phone had been removed and in its place there was a simple red button.’
      • ‘The car's front hood is off, exposing its iron guts - all of which are glistening with a thin coat of gasoline.’
      • ‘There are ten cables spilling out of a socket in the kitchen, white tubes that remind me of the guts of the robot in the Alien movie.’
      • ‘Because of space issues, I was removing the PSU's guts and thus losing all the shielding provided by the metal chassis.’
      • ‘Flex can now take a job start-to-finish, designing not only the electronic guts, but also the look and feel of products.’
      • ‘A Tom Yum soup has its characteristic guts knocked out of it, a faint savour of lemon grass lending some edge to a bland coconut milk liquor bulked up with mushrooms and a few morsels of tasteless prawn.’
      • ‘They look like the inner guts of extraterrestrial watches.’
      • ‘Somebody is selling a music player whose guts have been swapped with the innards of what looks like a $2 miniature toy electric guitar.’
      • ‘When hybrid cars are given cheaper, more powerful electrical guts, their popularity will really take off.’
  • 2informal often as modifier Used in reference to a feeling or reaction based on an instinctive emotional response rather than considered thought.

    ‘I had a gut feeling that something was wrong’
    ‘trusting his gut instinct, he went ahead and made the call’
    ‘I could feel it in my guts—he was out there, watching me’
    • ‘We commonly think of the intuition as a strong feeling, instinct, or gut reaction.’
    • ‘But you should develop the capacity to reflect on gut feelings rather than acting on them impulsively.’
    • ‘It will not be a gut reaction, but an informed decision based on the knowledge that what I want and what he wants are very different things.’
    • ‘At the same time, I saw clear signs that my gut feelings weren't that far off base.’
    • ‘Secondly, Dr Wiseman discovered that people who appear to have good fortune tend to make effective decisions by acting on their intuition and gut feelings.’
    • ‘However, rather than accept that this totally destroys her argument she instead chooses to ignore it in favour of her gut feelings, and urges us to do likewise.’
    • ‘I don't frankly like to base myself on instincts or gut feelings about this.’
    • ‘These are just emotional and gut feelings that come to me off the top of my head.’
    • ‘The officer's intuitions, gut feelings and sixth sense about a situation are all disallowed.’
    • ‘I don't know, but my hope and my gut feeling aren't the same.’
    • ‘Well, I've been thinking about this as objectively as possible, but it's time to get down to gut feelings.’
    • ‘The following figures are not from anything I have read but are simply gut feelings.’
    • ‘But, in the end, we must listen to gut instinct, be creative, and take risks.’
    • ‘Highly ritualized pictorial constructions, these elegant, stylish surfaces are to gut emotion as a boxing match is to a street fight.’
    • ‘I don't think that their position, based on their gut reaction, is justifiable.’
    • ‘Belina's editorial choices are based more on a gut level response than on theory.’
    • ‘The question, though, is whether one's personal likes and dislikes, one's gut feelings, can honestly count as critical judgment.’
    • ‘The gut reaction was based on three arguments whose wisdom had been proved by long experience.’
    • ‘Business decisions certainly involve mind games, not just gut feelings or pure intuition.’
    • ‘Call it gut feeling or intuition, but I really think he's somewhere around there.’
    instinctive, instinctual, intuitive, impulsive, natural, basic, emotional, heartfelt, deep-seated
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  • 3gutsinformal Personal courage and determination; toughness of character.

    ‘she had both more brains and more guts than her husband’
    ‘you just haven't got the guts to admit it’
    • ‘But a second half full of passion, belief, guts and mental toughness saw the Knights fight back to win in another mesmerising finale.’
    • ‘But Campbell's determination, courage and sheer guts save the book from dull unoriginality.’
    • ‘It was a big game, and we showed guts and character to win it.’
    • ‘‘It was a great team effort, but courage and guts only get you so far sometimes’.’
    • ‘The difference is that Connell's characters usually lack the guts to act on their urges.’
    • ‘His guts and his courage got him there in the end.’
    • ‘He also has the guts and strength of character to impress the others in the pitlane.’
    • ‘Yarnbury moved out of the bottom three as sheer guts, determination and spirit saw them through.’
    • ‘And what guts it had to have taken to do what they did.’
    • ‘We needed lots of guts, determination and character to win the game - and we need to do that for the rest of the season.’
    • ‘It took a lot of guts and just sheer personal strength to be out in the streets like you've seen the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators over the last week.’
    • ‘Their major concern was how a buyer should have the guts to determine the cost of a product instead of the seller, as is normally the case.’
    • ‘The difference between dreamers and achievers is grit, guts and spirit, which the former might lack but the latter have in abundance.’
    • ‘They simply battle on, showing the kind of guts and determination some of their more illustrious opponents seem to lack.’
    • ‘You know, it might have helped just a little bit if Paul and others like him had shown a bit more guts a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘He is proof that there are many young people with principles, guts and determination and it's time we started respecting them for it.’
    • ‘Someone once wrote that there are only two things needed to win the American presidency: character and guts.’
    • ‘It has taken character and guts, on and off the field, as well as some superlatively effective play.’
    • ‘It might take a lot of guts for the average person to swim alongside Sand Tiger sharks, which grow to an average length of nine foot and are known for being aggressive.’
    • ‘I didn't have a lot of courage or the guts to do something bad.’
    courage, courageousness, bravery, valour, backbone, nerve, fortitude, pluck, pluckiness, mettle, mettlesomeness, spirit, boldness, audacity, daring, fearlessness, hardiness, toughness, forcefulness, determination, resolve, resolution
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  • 4Fiber made from the intestines of animals, used especially for violin or racket strings or for surgical use.

    as modifier ‘gut strings’
    • ‘The instrument itself was made of wood, with gut or horsehair strings.’
    • ‘Tchaikovsky's strings were gut rather than metal and were played with little vibrato.’
    • ‘It's like a pear-shaped instrument, the body is covered in skin, and the strings are made of gut.’
    • ‘There's no conductor; she directs them herself… and she's strung her Strad with gut, and plays it with a classical bow.’
    • ‘Overwound (overspun or wire-wound) strings have a core of gut, silk, nylon, or wire wrapped in metal wire or ribbon.’
  • 5A narrow passage or strait.

    • ‘After failing to catch New on Friday, Teddy Hall went for the kill on Saturday, coming to within a canvas as the crews approached the gut.’
    • ‘Most bumps in the Rowing-On divisions took place below the gut, leaving spectators not much more to observe than the bizarre attire of various crews.’
    • ‘Various tours are available by speed boats that take you for the most spectacular views, even up the gut to laugh in the face of El Diablo.’
    • ‘McHale was trudging through the gut ahead of me at the side of the boat when he suddenly vanished at a spot marked only by the float of his hat.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Take out the intestines and other internal organs of (a fish or other animal) before cooking it.

    • ‘Jeff went to work and the fish was bled, gutted, headed and on the ice within another five minutes.’
    • ‘I also give a detailed account of skinning and gutting a rabbit.’
    • ‘If I'd been a guy she would have gutted me like a fish.’
    • ‘The deer is gutted where it lies, its innards checked for any sign of disease, before it is dragged back down the hill to the pick-up.’
    • ‘Most importantly, he is also a very competent member of a trawler's crew, capable of gutting the fish fast enough to keep the packers happy.’
    • ‘He had finished gutting the rabbit and shoved the meat onto sticks, placing them into the flames.’
    • ‘While all the fish in a display case has been gutted, pan-ready fish have the fins and scales removed and have been thoroughly washed.’
    • ‘The fish were gutted and stuffed with a spoonful of herbs, or mustard, apple, or samphire.’
    • ‘Those who have gutted a deer or skinned a rabbit might have some idea of the extreme nature of what an edged weapon can do to flesh.’
    • ‘To gut the fish, make a slit up the length of the belly under running water and cut off the fins with scissors.’
    • ‘Let the fishmonger scale, clean and gut the fish (I leave the head on).’
    • ‘Another friend fainted when we gutted the rabbits and found tapeworms.’
    • ‘Whilst Ingrid cuts and guts the fish, the children go into the woods to collect nuts and berries, which are just coming into season.’
    • ‘The cow did have to be gutted and tested for mad cow disease, however.’
    • ‘A 12-ounce whole fish, gutted and steamed in two tablespoons of liquid, cooks in two minutes.’
    • ‘After getting a few fish each, they swam in the pond before they went back to the beach to clean and gut the fish and prepare them for dinner.’
    • ‘The other day I took a whole sea bass, cleaned and gutted by the fishmonger, and filled its belly with a pulp of lemon grass, ginger, peppercorns and coriander.’
    • ‘If they knew it was you who turned them in, they'd gut you like a fish.’
    • ‘Most people nowadays do not wring chickens' necks, pluck them, and cook them for dinner, or butcher their own pigs, or gut their own fish.’
    • ‘At street-side stalls that are sometimes nothing more than a bowl on the ground, fish are gutted and sold and vegetables haggled over.’
    disembowel, eviscerate, draw, dress, clean, remove the innards from, remove the guts from
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    1. 1.1 Remove or destroy completely the internal parts of (a building or other structure)
      ‘the fire gutted most of the factory’
      • ‘Despite the desperate efforts of the local inhabitants, the school building was totally gutted by the time the firefighters got to the scene.’
      • ‘Other buildings in the mill area have been gutted by fire in previous years.’
      • ‘Forensic experts are still sifting through debris from the Newbridge Courthouse fire, which gutted the historic building last Thursday morning.’
      • ‘A disused church hall next to Carshalton Library was gutted by fire in a suspected arson attack around 3.40 pm on Sunday.’
      • ‘The destruction was so complete that the structure had to be gutted and removed by hand and wheelbarrow, piece by piece.’
      • ‘In the old city, many homes had been gutted and destroyed.’
      • ‘In the early 1980s, fire gutted the structure leaving only the later wings roofed.’
      • ‘The couple's ancient cottage was gutted by fire a year ago, but wrangles over insurance left them unable to rebuild it and as a result they have slipped into mortgage arrears.’
      • ‘The sole occupant of the mobile home died in the blaze, and the mobile home was gutted before the fire brigade arrived.’
      • ‘By this time, Mrs Hatley's old kitchen had been gutted ready for the replacement.’
      • ‘The fire, the cause of which is currently unknown, has gutted a building housing the vast majority of the University's computer servers and networking equipment.’
      • ‘The building was gutted, its roof destroyed, and nothing was salvageable from the ten stalls inside.’
      • ‘In February demolition work started, and the building was gutted, leaving just the shell.’
      • ‘In 1933, a massive fire gutted the Reichstag building in Germany.’
      • ‘The cafe was gutted by a fire last week.’
      • ‘Police said Mr Ruane's home was totally gutted in the fire.’
      • ‘The trend where church authorities spend large sums of money gutting old churches and destroying original features is also mentioned in critical terms.’
      • ‘Up to 50 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus spent two hours bringing the fire that gutted the workshop under control.’
      • ‘Diners and workers were forced to flee a restaurant as a fire gutted the building in minutes.’
      • ‘A family of five are having to live in one hotel room after a fire gutted their home.’
      devastate, destroy, demolish, wipe out, lay waste to, ravage, consume, ruin, leave in ruins, wreck, raze, level, flatten
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  • 2British informal Cause (someone) to feel extremely upset or disappointed.

    ‘it guts me to think about what my mother and brother missed out on’
    ‘she described the ruling as absolutely gutting’
    • ‘We exceeded all our expectations in getting to the final, but it was gutting to finish as losers.’
    • ‘And then the students move on and the staff move out, which must be gutting, given the alternative accommodation is a purpose-built campus in Hendon.’
    • ‘I was in constant pain and had to cancel a trip I had planned, which was gutting.’
    • ‘To be overtaken in the final metres after dominating the race is obviously gutting.’
    • ‘I wouldn't say it broke my heart, but it absolutely gutted me.’
    • ‘It is still a fertile area to explore and the failure was at least interesting, but nonetheless slightly gutting.’
    • ‘If Holly lost out now it would be gutting.’
    • ‘To have won the European title six times and not to be able to defend it this year is gutting.’
    • ‘The thought of having to plead guilty - it's really gutting me.’
    • ‘People take a lot of pride in their cars so to have the badge stolen is gutting.’
    • ‘It is gutting to hear that people will lose their jobs and I really hope that the situation can be resolved positively.’
    • ‘It was a gutting experience that led to six months off; and after that I had to go back to basics, really learn from scratch again.’
    • ‘Something like this, it guts you, doesn't it?’’
    • ‘"It's absolutely gutting to lose a semi-final," he adds.’
    • ‘What has gutted me the most and has really upset me is it has taken me three years to build up the CD collection.’
    • ‘Arnold is absolutely gutted by the decision.’
    • ‘The Elephant man just had me in floods of tears with the sad nobility of Merrick's death, whereas Menace's uber-bleak ending gutted me so much that I ended up choking back tears.’
    • ‘I think we exceeded what we expected to do out here but you go out there and you want to win and there is a gutting feeling when you lose.’
    • ‘I know I can't ever play rugby again which is gutting, but my health comes first.’
    • ‘It gutted me as a member of the goalkeepers' union when Barthez had that bad spell of three or four games but he's come back with some unbelievable saves.’
    dishearten, discourage, demoralize, cast down, make dejected, make downhearted, depress, dismay, disappoint, daunt, deter, unman, unnerve, crush, sap, shake, throw, cow, subdue, undermine
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Phrases

  • bust a gut

    • 1informal Make a strenuous effort.

      ‘a problem which nobody is going to bust a gut trying to solve’
      • ‘One doctor said: ‘We've all busted a gut for him and we are trying to make sure we can do the right thing.’’
      • ‘I busted a gut to raise that money, to give myself the opportunity to climb the seven mountains.’
      • ‘But my concern is that our strikers should be busting a gut to score goals like that and I feel a lot of their problems are that too much work is done outside the area.’
      • ‘Sometimes we feel it's fair to give somebody a chance, sometimes it's to reward players who have bust a gut in training to improve themselves.’
      • ‘You cannot play this game with nine or ten men busting a gut and a few others standing around watching them.’
      • ‘You are the one they look up to and try hard to impress, you are the one they will bust a gut for, you are the one they will run to when they've fallen down.’
      • ‘We win together and we lose together and I knew they would be busting a gut to get the car perfect as quickly as was safely possible.’
      • ‘For their part, the players are excited by the challenge, and plan to go that extra mile, run their legs off and bust a gut for the team in their application to teaching.’
      • ‘I've just been busting a gut to get everything done before I go to NY tomorrow.’
      • ‘A fantastic player, a good manager, an Irishman and a guy who would bust a gut for Ireland.’
      try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek, set out
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    • 2informal Laugh very heartily.

      ‘his facial expressions and ad libs were enough to get audiences to bust a gut’
      • ‘The boys at the Harvard Club busted a gut over that gag!’
      • ‘We bust a gut and spilled our coffee and almost choked to death when we read this.’
      • ‘Why think an awards show can make you bust a gut?’
      • ‘The dog eating the squeaky toy was simply too much… I nearly bust a gut.’
      • ‘What I saw almost made me bust a gut laughing.’
      • ‘Good Lord, I nearly busted a gut laughing!’
      • ‘I never went five minutes without busting a gut.’
      • ‘Sure, Mr. Burns was cute in a grandfatherly way, but who ever busted a gut laughing at a cigar smoking septagenerian who weighs 70 pounds soaking wet?’
      • ‘I almost bust a gut watching that comedy sketch a couple of weeks ago.’
      • ‘Glancing into the audience I saw Papa just about to bust a gut laughing.’
      chuckle, chortle, guffaw, giggle, titter, snigger, snicker, cackle, howl, roar, tee-hee, burst out laughing, hoot with laughter, roar with laughter, shake with laughter, be convulsed with laughter, dissolve into laughter, split one's sides, hold one's sides, be doubled up
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  • — one's guts out

    • informal Used to indicate that the specified action is done or performed as hard as possible.

      ‘he ran his guts out and finished fourth’
      • ‘Watch out for the programme to be telecast shortly and laugh your guts out!’
      • ‘I do sympathise tremendously - here you are slogging your guts out so that your family can be happy, and yet the amount of time you spend out of the home renders you a virtual stranger to them.’
      • ‘People who work their guts out against one another in federal elections are one big, happy family here.’
      • ‘I wasn't getting paid and although it's not all about money you're not going to slug your guts out for nothing.’
      • ‘I am satisfied with the effort of the lads today, they really tried their guts out.’
      • ‘Hats off to all the players currently in Finland playing their guts out for Canada.’
      • ‘But I have tried my guts out to win the tournament and in the end I blew it.’
      • ‘These boys just went up there and played their guts out and the audience loved them all the more for it.’
      • ‘It's a good combination, he says - not many bands can scream their guts out and then yodel.’
      • ‘The trend in the industrialised world is for people to work their guts out when young, then move to part-time working patterns or contract-based projects as life moves on.’
  • hate someone's guts

    • informal Feel a strong hatred for someone.

      • ‘The rest of the country hates his guts and knows he is an evil tyrant.’
      • ‘People give the impression that they hate his guts but he hasn't done anything to offend the public.’
      • ‘I'm pretty sure my brothers and sisters hated my guts.’
      • ‘Those on his good side appreciated his innovative methods, his sarcasm and how hard he pushed us, those who didn't respond hated his guts.’
      • ‘I learnt that someone from my past who I thought liked me in fact hates my guts with a passion.’
      • ‘Other economists hate your guts for selling out to the liberals.’
      • ‘Then, I got an e-mail from her saying she hates my guts.’
      • ‘When I went into the audience to interview people, she actually hit me and told me she hated my guts.’
      • ‘Of course, all Emperors can look forward to most people in the world hating their guts.’
      • ‘I was going out of the house this morning when my housemaid's kid, who hates my guts, hit me in the head with a rock.’
      loathe, detest, dislike greatly, abhor, abominate, despise, execrate, feel aversion towards, feel revulsion towards, feel hostile towards, be repelled by, be revolted by, regard with disgust, not be able to bear, not be able to stand, be unable to stomach, find intolerable, shudder at, recoil from, shrink from
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Origin

Old English guttas (plural), probably related to gēotan ‘pour’.

Pronunciation

gut

/ɡət//ɡət/