gut

Your gut is part of your digestive system — it's where food goes after you eat it, to get broken down into nutrients and waste. The expression to "go with your gut" means to follow your instincts, how you feel in your belly.

Your gut is quite literally your intestines, although the word is frequently used for any part of your digestive system, especially your stomach. Eating too much ice cream can give you an ache in your gut. When gut is a verb, it means to clean the internal organs out of a fish or other animal you intend to eat, or to completely empty a building. Colloquially, if you have guts, you're very brave.

Definitions of gut
  1. noun
    the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus
    synonyms: bowel, intestine
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    small intestine
    the longest part of the alimentary canal; where digestion is completed
    large intestine
    beginning with the cecum and ending with the rectum; includes the cecum and the colon and the rectum; extracts moisture from food residues which are later excreted as feces
    duodenum
    the part of the small intestine between the stomach and the jejunum
    jejunum
    the part of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum
    ileum
    the part of the small intestine between the jejunum and the cecum
    colon
    the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
    type of:
    internal organ, viscus
    a main organ that is situated inside the body
  2. verb
    empty completely; destroy the inside of
    Gut the building”
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    type of:
    empty
    make void or empty of contents
  3. verb
    remove the guts of
    gut the sheep”
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. noun
    a narrow channel or strait
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    channel
    a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels
  5. noun
    a strong cord made from the intestines of sheep and used in surgery
    synonyms: catgut
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    cord
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
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