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 The full force of the election results provided something of a gut check for liberals in a state that plays a big role in the Democratic Party and often offers insights into where the rest of the nation might be headed. Tim Arango, New York Times, "A Big Win for Democrats in California Came With a Gut Check for Liberals," 5 Nov. 2020 The coming days will bring one more gut check for an electorate largely locked in and ready to vote. Dan Balz, Anchorage Daily News, "A pandemic, a crushed economy, racial protests and now a president with coronavirus," 4 Oct. 2020 Start tracking your expenses and do a gut check to see what spending can be cut to help beef up your savings. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "How to smash the 'concrete ceiling' at work," 9 June 2020 And longtime pals like Mike Donilon and Ted Kaufmann often find Biden asking for gut checks. Philip Elliott / Goffstown, Time, "After A Rocky Start in Iowa, Joe Biden Shakes Up His Campaign," 8 Feb. 2020 Find a side door if that front door isn’t available…Do an internal gut check, and then go for it. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Daniela Pierre-Bravo on taking risks, negotiating like a pro," 16 Nov. 2019 There’s a lot of gab back and forth in contrast to even Lyra and [Lyra’s daemon] Pan, where Pan is a bit of a Jiminy Cricket, a bit of a conscience, a bit of a gut check for Lyra. Nick Romano,, "Lin-Manuel Miranda gets a 'buddy-comedy' with Lee Scoresby in His Dark Materials," 21 Oct. 2019 For Walker, that could be as simple as hesitating in the space behind the screen, forcing more conservative defenses into a gut check. Rob Mahoney,, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of gut check

1963, in the meaning defined above

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10 Nov 2020

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“Gut check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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