gut check


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

Examples of gut check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The former president, known for bouncing ideas off everyone in his orbit, was calling up allies until the morning of his announcement as a gut check. David Sivak, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 17 July 2024 Speaking of green flags: Your first face-to-face with a new doc is a chance to gut check your compatibility. Kathleen Felton, SELF, 27 June 2024 Relying on a ‘gut check’ With six researchers, Jones’ team operates remotely across the country, poring over the information about federal workers within Homeland Security, the State Department and other agencies that deal with immigration and border issues. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 24 June 2024 However, embarrassment ultimately serves as a gut check. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for gut check 

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gut check was in 1963

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“Gut check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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