- involving great distress or anguish; agonizing: a gut-wrenching decision.
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Examples from the Web for gut-wrenching
Some are heartfelt— gut-wrenching homilies harkening to the days of American freedom.Most Creative ‘Net Neutrality’ Comments on the FCC Website
June 9, 2014
Here are the most gut-wrenching scenes ever shown on the series.Game of Thrones’ 8 Most WTF Scenes: Twincest Rape, Shadow Baby, George W. Bush’s Head, and More
April 26, 2014
For Kentucky fans dreading a gut-wrenching defeat, suddenly the impossible was possible!Was Aaron Harrison’s Game-Winning Three-Pointer ‘Clutch’?
April 7, 2014
When Clapper spoke publicly at first about the Snowden disclosures he described the feeling as “literally gut-wrenching.”Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can’t Stop Another Snowden
February 24, 2014
“It was a gut-wrenching story when I went through his file,” Fox said.Accuracy Falls by Wayside as VA Rushes to Clear Vast Backlog
November 9, 2012
- informal causing great distress or sufferinggut-wrenching scenes
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