gut check


Definition of gut check

: a test or assessment of courage, character, or determination

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All of this amounted to quite the gut check to test the Saints’ resilience. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Saints dealt more bad breaks with Drew Brees' injury, another blown call," 15 Sep. 2019 This was a gut check and character game to build on moving forward. Adam Lichtenstein,, "St. Thomas begins season with nationally televised win over California’s De La Salle," 24 Aug. 2019 That's when Djokovic passed the ultimate gut check, hitting a terrific return to erase the first match point then summoning a clutch forehand passing shot—off a poor approach from Federer, it should be noted—en route to a break back. Jon Wertheim,, "Djokovic Bends But Does Not Break, Edges Federer For Fifth Wimbledon Title," 14 July 2019 Caroline Knorr, Common Sense Media's senior parenting editor, advises a quick gut check when your child comes to you with a plan for creating a YouTube channel. Judi Ketteler, Good Housekeeping, "Some Kids Are Making Millions as YouTube Stars, but Is the Fame Worth It?," 18 June 2019 What looked like a relatively easy victory for Medfield boys’ lacrosse turned into a gut check when defending sectional champion Concord-Carlisle rallied in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Division 2 Central/East final. Nate Weitzer,, "Medfield boys’ lacrosse holds on against Concord-Carlisle," 13 June 2019 The White Sox received a gut check during Saturday‘s 13-4 loss to the Rangers on Saturday that featured a slew of fielding gaffes, a bullpen meltdown and at least one halfhearted effort running the bases. Phil Thompson,, "Ricky’s boys cause fits: Fielding, baserunning errors evidence of ‘sloppiness’," 2 July 2018 The plan was to keep quiet, keep abiding by the agreement and keep counting down the days. **** Time, now, for a gut check., "Prospect and Pariah," 16 May 2018 Why not just call up an academic or two for a gut check? Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Farming A Warming Planet: An Interview Nathanael Johnson," 31 May 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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