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Language: Old English
Origin: guttas (plural)

gut

1 noun
     
Related topics: Daily Life
gut1
1

gut reaction/feeling/instinct

informal a reaction or feeling that you are sure is right, although you cannot give a reason for it:
He had a gut feeling that Sarah was lying.
2

courage

guts

[plural] informal the courage and determination you need to do something difficult or unpleasant:
It takes guts to start a new business on your own.
have the guts (to do something)
No-one had the guts to tell Paul what a mistake he was making.
3

inside your body

a)

guts

[plural]HBA all the organs in someone's body, especially when they have come out of their body:
There were blood and guts all over the place.
b) HBA [countable] the tube through which food passes from your stomach [= intestine]:
It can take 72 hours for food to pass through the gut.
4

stomach

[countable] informal someone's stomach, especially when it is large [= belly]:
He felt as if someone had just kicked him in the gut.
Phil has a huge beer gut (=unattractive fat stomach caused by drinking too much beer).
5

string

[uncountable]DT a type of strong string made from the intestine of an animal, and used for musical instruments such as violins catgut
6

machine/equipment

guts

[plural] informal the parts inside a machine or piece of equipment
7

most important parts

guts

[plural] informal the most important or basic parts of something
guts of
the guts of the problem
8

at gut level

if you know something at gut level, you feel sure about it, though you could not give a reason for it:
She knew at gut level that he was guilty.
9

I'll have somebody's guts for garters

British English informal used to say that you would like to punish someone severely for something they have done
blood-and-guts

; ➔ bust a gut

at bust1 (3)

; ➔ hate somebody's guts

at hate1 (2)

; ➔ spill your guts

at spill1 (4)

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