the alimentary canal, especially between the pylorus and the anus, or some portion of it.
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the belly; stomach; abdomen.
the substance forming the case of the intestine; intestinal tissue or fiber:
a preparation of the intestines of an animal, used for various purposes, as for violin strings, tennis rackets, or fishing lines.
the silken substance taken from a silkworm killed when about to spin its cocoon, used in making snells for fishhooks.
a narrow passage, as a channel of water or a defile between hills.
Slang. a gut course.
verb (used with object), gutted, gutting.
to take out the guts or entrails of; disembowel.
to destroy the interior of:
Fire gutted the building.
to plunder (a house, city, etc.) of contents:
Invaders gutted the village.
to remove the vital or essential parts from:
The prisoner’s letters were gutted by heavy censorship.
spill one’s guts, Slang. to tell all; lay oneself bare:
the famous star spills his guts in his autobiography.
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(often pl) the bowels or entrails, esp of an animal
(slang) the belly; paunch
a silky fibrous substance extracted from silkworms, used in the manufacture of fishing tackle
a narrow channel or passage
(pl) (informal) courage, willpower, or daring; forcefulness
(pl) (informal) the essential part: the guts of a problem
(informal) bust a gut, to make an intense effort
(informal) have someone’s guts for garters, to be extremely angry with someone
(informal) hate a person’s guts, to dislike a person very strongly
(informal) sweat one’s guts out, work one’s guts out, to work very hard
verb (transitive) guts, gutting, gutted
to remove the entrails from (fish, etc)
(esp of fire) to destroy the inside of (a building)
to plunder; despoil: the raiders gutted the city
to take out the central points of (an article), esp in summary form
(informal) arising from or characterized by what is basic, essential, or natural: a gut problem, a gut reaction
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Old English guttas (plural) “bowels, entrails,” related to geotan “to pour,” from PIE *gheu- “pour” (see found (v.2)). Related to Middle Dutch gote, Dutch goot, German Gosse “gutter, drain,” Middle English gote “channel, stream.” Meaning “abdomen, belly” is from c.1400. Meaning “easy college course” is student slang from 1916, probably from obsolete slang sense of “feast” (the connecting notion is “something that one can eat up”). Sense of “inside contents of anything” (usually plural) is from 1570s. To hate (someone’s) guts is first attested 1918. The notion of the intestines as a seat of emotions is ancient (cf. bowel) and probably explains expressions such as gut reaction (1963), gut feeling (by 1970), and cf. guts. Gut check attested by 1976.
“to remove the guts of” (fish, etc.), late 14c., from gut (n.); figurative use by 1680s. Related: Gutted; gutting.
Abbreviation of grand unified theory See unified field theory.
To remove all unessentials (1950s+ Hot rodders)
bust a gut, pinch-gut, potbelly, rotgut, spill one’s guts, split a gut, tub of guts
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In addition to the idiom beginning with
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noun a very funny joke Word Origin 1929; fr the idea that hard laughter causes stomach pain Usage Note also gut-busting , (adj.)
adjective See gut-buster