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gut-wrenching

[guht-ren-ching]
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  1. involving great distress or anguish; agonizing: a gut-wrenching decision.
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Can be confusedgut-wrenching heartrending
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gut-wrenching

adjective
  1. informal causing great distress or sufferinggut-wrenching scenes
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