gut-wrenching


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gut-wrenching

adj
informal causing great distress or suffering: gut-wrenching scenes.

gut-wrench•ing



adj.
involving great distress or anguish; agonizing.
[1970–75]
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Despite her gut-wrenching torment it was full of compassion and humour.
It is pretty gut-wrenching to concede soft, late tries.
But some weeks, the deaths are more gut-wrenching than others, and the latest is offbeat to say the least.
It is pretty gut-wrenching and really disappointing but I have to get over it and think positively and help the guys in any way I can," he said.
It's absolutely gut-wrenching to lose the game but there's a great spirit among the boys.
The tragic story of tormented Liverpool fan Stephen Whittle throwing himself in front of a train earlier this year, unable to get over the guilt of selling his FA Cup semi-final ticket to a friend who died on that awful day, was gut-wrenching.
NEMANJA VIDIC believes the gut-wrenching feeling of losing a Champions League final will drive Manchester United to do better this term.
Will there ever be another Christmas movie with such gut-wrenching melodrama?
Guerin's inventive language and set design draw on the physics of structural engineering--and runs a gut-wrenching gamut from construction to collapse.
Even as credit markets, particularly corporate-debt markets, show some signs of improvement, mortgage loans to supposedly better-heeled Americans are souring at a gut-wrenching rate.
The stories of survivors are gut-wrenching and Breslin makes no attempt to sugarcoat what has happened.
You have personal pride as well and it was a gut-wrenching feeling.