gut feeling

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - gut feeling

"gut feeling"

a personal, intuitive feeling not based on logical analysis


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - gut feeling

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What's your gut feeling?

Colleague 2:  I don't believe they will pull their business. I think they are bluffing to gain advantage.

Colleague 1:  That was my initial reaction as well but if we analyze the situation more carefully, we may discover new information.

Colleague 2:  Perhaps they have found a new supplier with better terms?

Colleague 1:  Could be.  We really need to examine the situation further.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - gut feeling

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I really don't think we should go.

Friend 2:  Why not?

Friend 1:  Call is a gut feeling. I just get a really strong intuition that something will go wrong.

Friend 2:  So you can't give me a logical, concrete reason?

Friend 1:  No. Just a really strong feeling of apprehension.

gut feeling - Usage:


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gut feeling - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for gut feeling.

gut feeling - Examples:

1)  I had a gut feeling about that kid all along and he really asserted himself as somebody we can count on.

2)  ... it's more of an intuitive gut feeling than a conscious critical one (that part comes later with consideration and reflection ...

3)  Judicial training does not have any component of taking this gut feeling on board and processing it.

4)  Don't let the "gut feeling" go un-answered. Probe into it by asking good opened questions.

5)  I had a gut feeling that teaching parents how the brain develops and works would help their children later ...

6)  I had a gut feeling it was something I needed to do. 

7)  ... second pediatrician assured her the baby was all right. I had a gut feeling that everything wasn't OK.

8)  ... but there's no point having them if they don't sell. Having a gut feeling, and having the numbers in front of you are very different things.

9)  My political gut feeling is the council is weary of this -- they want a compromise solution.

10)  Since you're going to presumably be living with the piece everyday, your gut feeling about a piece is usually right. When you know, you know, ...

11)  He believes that in the creative business, instinct and gut feeling are important in decision making.

12)  Without empirical evidence, my gut feeling is that far more important are the standards within the pyramid than the numbers ...

13)  ... employers continue to use "gut feeling" to hire people over more reliable methodologies, ...

14)  ... to call her beau 10 times on the night he cheated - with a 'gut feeling' something was wrong.

15)  Always go with your gut feeling, because it's very rarely wrong.

16)  As soon as I walked in I had a gut feeling. I was overwhelmed with worry. I didn't even pick him up ...

17)  I don't have any evidence, but my gut feeling tells me something is not right.

18)  The use of gut feeling in policymaking is nowhere more manifest than in the death penalty debates.

19)  ... the secret calls, the late-night texts quickly deleted. Women have a gut feeling and you should trust that.

20)  It is not all quantifiable. It is linked with your gut feeling as well.