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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A GUT-WRENCHING film about a family's survival as seen through the eyes of children and of a man, this time playwright Jim Sheridan, looking back at his life.
By focusing on stories behind each person's flight - it provides a gut-wrenching insight into the personal trauma caused by anyone who is forced to leave their native country.
Last night, shocked friends described the tragedy as "gut-wrenching".
Elwood revealed that he had words with stand-in skipper Frank Murphy and replacement prop Ronan Loughney on Monday morning after they were yellow-carded during Saturday's gut-wrenching 35-33 defeat away to the Scarlets.
North Yorkshire farms have been the hardest hit and Harrogate dairy farmer David Brown who lost his contract said:"It basically means there will be no investment at this farm - that will be it." Farmer Mark Smith said the decision to slash the number of suppliers by almost half from 500 to 200 was "gut-wrenching" and the National Farmers Union blasted it as "terrible news".
OXFORD United boss Karl Robinson was happy with his side's performance but described not beating Coventry City in their 3-3 draw as "gut-wrenching".
The hour-long films follow three women experiencing low points in their lives and facing gut-wrenching challenges.
DONEGAL skipper Michael Murphy has described their Championship exit as "gut-wrenching".
Car makers are enduring a period of gut-wrenching upheaval.
Summary: Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) [India], June 8 (ANI): In the gut-wrenching murder case of a 2.5-year-old girl, police claimed to have arrested total of 4 people including main accused Zahid's wife.
From Klay Thompson's lone standout jam in the first quarter to several gut-wrenching plays late in the fourth including Fred VanVleet's trick shot, the Raptors and Warriors did not fail to meet the championship hype.