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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Plain and simple, that was the message coming from the Blackhawks one day after their gut-wrenching 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.
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The home minister told ANI: "The video is gut-wrenching.
Ira Alido and Harmie Constantino outdueled their Korean rivals in gut-wrenching final round duels to rule their respective divisions in the W Express RVF Cup Amateur Golf Championship at Canlubang Golf and Country Club's North course here yesterday.
Unwilling to give up on his brother, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is forced to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever.
COLEG Llandrillo went down to a gut-wrenching late defeat to Coleg Y Cymoedd.
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.
SCOTLAND suffered a gut-wrenching defeat after battling back from two goals down against world champions Spain last night.