someone's stomach is in knots

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of someone's stomach is in knots

used to say that a person has an unpleasant and tight feeling in the stomach, usually from nervousness
  • Her stomach was in knots as she awaited the start of competition.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

stomach play
  1. : a saclike expansion of the digestive tract of a vertebrate that is located between the esophagus and duodenum and typically consists of a simple often curved sac with an outer serous covering, a strong muscular wall that contracts rhythmically, and an inner mucous membrane lining that contains gastric glands

  2. : one of the compartments making up the stomach of a ruminant animal (such as a cow or sheep)

  3. : a cavity in an invertebrate animal that is analogous to a stomach

  1. : to take offense at

  2. : to bear without overt reaction or resentment : put up with

knot play knots
  1. : an interlacement of the parts of one or more flexible bodies forming a lump or knob (as for fastening or tying together)

  2. : the lump or knob so formed

  3. : a tight constriction or the sense of constriction

  1. : to tie in or with a knot : form knots in

  2. : to unite closely or intricately : entangle

  3. : tie

  1. : either of two sandpipers (Calidris canutus and C. tenuirostris) that breed in the Arctic and winter in temperate or warm parts of the New and Old World


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