Turn the stomach

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Turn the stomach to nauseate
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Quotations

  • William Hazlitt
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    “Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tyrnan; Ger. turnen; Fr. tourner; all from L. tornāre, to turn in a lathe—tornus, a turner's wheel—Gr. tornos.

Usage

In literature:

It turned A. G. poorly in the stomach, and he sat down to watch us.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
He half turned on his back and looked dazedly up at the man, who was pressing both hands into the pit of his stomach.
"The Circus Comes to Town" by Lebbeus Mitchell
These three women turned my stomach at all the sex.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
I turned around and he had been shot through the stomach.
"Young Peoples' History of the War with Spain" by Prescott Holmes
The uncleanness of the place turned his stomach.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
We turned on our stomachs and lapped up the moisture, but the paint came off, with salt, and nauseated us.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
The place which had once been a narrow room, then a balcony, was now a perch above stomach-turning space.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
It did literally turn the stomach.
"With Our Army in Palestine" by Antony Bluett
The idea of never again seeing her face made his stomach turn.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Headaches are generally caused by the stomach, eye strain, or neuralgia; the latter in turn is caused by too much uric acid in the system.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
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In poetry:

"My breath is as sweet as the breath of blown roses,
While you are a nuisance where'er you appear;
There is nothing but snivelling and blowing of noses,
Such a noise as turns any man's stomach to hear."
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton, Rector Of St. Mary Woolnoth" by William Cowper

In news:

Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice.
The following tweets will turn your stomach if you have even an ounce of decency and compassion.
He's also known for having edgy, if not questionable, tastes that result in the use of stomach-turning materials like human bones and skulls, animal pelts and remains and, believe it or not, horse manure.
A British teenager who drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen had her stomach removed after the liquid turned to a gas and caused a perforation.
As I lay on the couch recovering from the stomach flu just a couple of days after Christmas, I saw advertising for Jenny Craig, the South Beach diet and Weight Watchers within minutes of turning on the television.
Many states around the country have launched antitobacco campaigns, but none has captured the imagination--or turned the stomachs--of television and radio audiences like the one sponsored by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
It turns out that fat stored in the butt, hips and thighs can be beneficial, especially as compared with stomach fat, according to researchers from Oxford University.
As it turns out, the baby was at the clinic because of stomach flu, likely caused by rotavirus, the very virus she should have been vaccinated against by now.
TRACING America's food history often requires a strong stomach, what with all the twists and turns.
Stomach turning or oddly alluring, this is not just one of the world's most unusual specialty coffees.
This will make the stomachs of most Philadelphia sports fans turn.
The over-priced, stomach-turning (but for some reason decadent) meal known as caviar is now available via vending machines .
In less than a week earlier this month, the stomach-turning epithet for ammonia-treated ground beef filler suddenly became a potent rallying cry by activists fighting to ban the product from supermarket shelves and school lunch trays.
Now that the weather's turning cooler, this Halloween theme hot treat will fill up those hungry stomachs, and give your kids a healthy start each day.
Tonight's the night, I thought, and my stomach turned over.
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