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Physical sensations associated with emotions

churn

verb

if your stomach churns, you have a strong nervous feeling in it because you are worried, afraid, or upset

convulse

verb

if you are convulsed with a strong emotion, it makes your body move in an uncontrolled way

flutter

verb

if your stomach flutters, you have an excited or nervous feeling in it

inside

adjective, adverb, preposition

used for talking about a feeling that you have in your stomach

settle

verb

if your nerves or stomach settle or are settled, they become calm again after you have felt upset, nervous, or excited

stiffen

verb

to suddenly hold your body in a stiff way, often because you become nervous, worried, angry, or unfriendly

have/get/feel butterflies (in your stomach)

to feel very nervous or excited about something that you have to do, especially something important

someone’s heart pounds/beats/thumps

used for saying that someone can feel their heart moving quickly because they are very excited or afraid

someone’s stomach churns/lurches/tightens

used for saying that someone suddenly has a strong feeling of fear, shock, or excitement

the pit of your stomach

the place in your stomach where you experience unpleasant feelings when you are worried, upset, or frightened

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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