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I’ve got butterflies in my stomach

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Choose the correct definition : a, b or c.

a) I am hungry

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b) I am expecting a baby

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c) I feel apprehensive

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If someones have butterflies in their stomach, they feel something such as fright, stress, worry or even happiness.

French translation

avoir la boule au ventre ; avoir des nœuds dans l’estomac ; avoir la gorge nouée, avoir le trac

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Examples in context

‘The real butterfly in your stomach : Scientists explore the possibility of a “second brain” in our gut.

The Daily Free Press, 7 April 2013

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The youngster Chris Morris, (ndlr : famous football player at Indian Premier League) did have butterflies in his stomach and spent a nervous night preceding the big day. “I found out yesterday that I was going to play. I had a bit of a run on with the team and Stephan Fleming came to me and said we need you in this role. Then I had a rough night’s sleep and got it together this morning. But yes very exciting. I left my bag at the hotel so quite nervy but very, very happy with the result.”

IPLT20, 11 April 2013

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Everyday usage

I always get butterflies in my stomach whenever I have to speak in public.

I’m so excited about our next adventure that I already have butterflies in my stomach.


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