gut check

noun

Definition of gut check 

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

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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, chicagotribune.com, "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. SI.com, "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 Read More If this highly skilled player is there, Hornets face NBA draft gut check at No. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "For Charlotte Hornets, is point guard depth a burning draft need? | Charlotte Observer," 18 May 2018 Charlie Hatch/The Enquirer The gut checks came in a series, one after another, blow after blow. Charlie Hatch, Cincinnati.com, "NKU upset by Cleveland State 89-80 on Saturday, will now play in NIT," 4 Mar. 2018 On the court again for the first time since suffering its first defeat of the season at the hands of McDonogh, Long Reach found itself with another gut check moment on the road against Glenelg Friday night. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Late run helps Long Reach girls basketball edge Glenelg, 68-58," 27 Jan. 2018 Kentucky coach John Calipari was glad that his team answered a gut check. Gary B. Graves, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M falls to 0-4 in SEC after letting No. 21 Kentucky off the hook," 9 Jan. 2018 Case in point was their latest comeback from the brink against Kentucky, a gut check that put them in a familiar place in the Southeastern Conference. USA TODAY, "No. 20 Florida rallies past Kentucky 28-27 to extend streak," 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of gut check

1963, in the meaning defined above

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