gut check


Definition of gut check

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

Examples of gut check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, for a team that has their eyes on the top of the conference, that has 11 19- and 20-year-olds, this game represents a pretty significant gut check. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 24 Nov. 2021 Every user should be able to have that gut check—not just those who pay for it. Scott Nover, Quartz, 12 Nov. 2021 For myriad European politicians and diplomats, particularly in countries that invested a great deal in supporting the two-decade-long NATO mission in Afghanistan, the events of the past weeks have served as a gut check. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 With the two teams coming off multiple losses and needing a gut check, Miller called his shot and gave the Browns enough bulletin board material to fill up a wall. cleveland, 19 Oct. 2021 Amid a litany of crises, the Supreme Court’s recent action (and inaction) provides a timely gut check on the Democrats’ overall governing and reelection strategy. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 6 Sep. 2021 Historically, a gut check of a housing bubble is the home-price-to-income ratio. Ali Wolf, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 This is incredibly challenging and a huge gut check. Nathan Ruiz,, 25 Aug. 2021 Elorza doesn’t need to gut check these things with unions or through polling., 13 July 2021

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First Known Use of gut check

1963, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2021

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“Gut check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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