a kick in the stomach

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a kick in the stomach

"a kick in the stomach"

bad news or a sudden disappointment especially when you feel you are being treated unfairly or were expecting help and support


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a kick in the stomach

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I heard the bad news. Sorry you did not get the promotion. You have worked so hard and so long and sacrificed so much for your job. It must be quite a shock and disappointment.

Colleague 2:  Yes. It is a kick in the stomach alright. More so because the boss's nephew, who has only been with the company a year, got the promotion.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a kick in the stomach

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well? Did your friend get the concert tickets for us?

Friend 2:  No she did not. And she had promised she would.

Friend 1:  That is a kick in the stomach. What are we going to do now?

Friend 2:  Deal with our disappointment, I suppose.

a kick in the stomach - Usage:


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a kick in the stomach - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a kick in the stomach.

a kick in the stomach - Examples:

1)  Disappointing weekend. It was all a kick in the stomach for German Grand Prix organisers, who had to scrap the 2015 race at the ...

2)  It is a kick in the stomach to students. The Government are reneging on the deal reached in 2010 ...

3)  ... plan to close the branches, describing it as "a kick in the stomach" for both customers and staff in Northern Ireland. 

4)  Why should they treat generously a country that has given them a kick in the stomach?

5)  It was a kick in the stomach to be told you're going to be living with this chronic condition as a ...

6)  This might be a kick in the stomach for Chelsea fans. Many didn't want to see Mourinho sacked midway through the ...

7)  That was a kick in the stomach, and it took us a long time to get back from that.

8)  We made it hard for ourselves and it was a kick in the stomach to concede in the first minute but in the second half we showed great character ...

9)  ... has to be respected and making exceptions for celebrities would be a kick in the stomach to those who are not celebrities.

10)  Slashing the time available to consider submissions is a kick in the stomach to the hundreds of very capable people who have spent a lot of time preparing ...

11)  ... which meant I was the alternate, which was kind of a kick in the stomach.

12)  He gave me a kick in the stomach when he went, but I don't bear any animosity to him and I ...

13)  ... not considered part of any contribution to the school? What a kick in the stomach for somebody that's done it for over 40 years.

14)  ... they get housing. what do the homeless get? a kick in the stomach from what I have seen.

15)  This is a kick in the stomach and just plain nasty.

16)  RMS recently gave her competitors a kick in the stomach by unveiling not one, but four 24 hour vernacular TV stations.

17)  ... cost of living increase. But what we do get is a kick in the stomach. Especially as they keep asking for more and more with less and less.

18)  Losing to Donegal was a kick in the stomach for us because we had been quite optimistic going into the game.

19)  Many see the destruction of the food as a kick in the stomach for this who are already spiraling into poverty.

20)  Far from giving other women a kick in the stomach, female CEOs are more likely to give their female colleagues a hand up.