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stomach noun

1 part of the body where food is digested

ADJ. empty, full You shouldn't drink wine on an empty stomach (= without eating food). | queasy, upset She's been off work with an upset stomach. | strong You need a strong stomach to go on the giant roller coaster. | weak

VERB + STOMACH turn The smell of the dead dog turned his stomach. | settle He had a hangover, so he ordered a sandwich to settle his stomach. | settle in A feeling of nausea settled in her stomach. | pump He had his stomach pumped after taking an overdose.

STOMACH + VERB churn, heave, lurch My stomach lurched as another big wave hit the boat. | rumble | tighten, turn (over), twist

STOMACH + NOUN ache, bug, cancer, complaint, cramp, disorder, illness, pain, problem, ulcer, upset | lining, wall | acids, juices | contents Human remains were found among the stomach contents of the shark. | pump, tube

PREP. in the/your ~ enzymes in the stomach

PHRASES butterflies in your stomach I had butterflies in my stomach as I went to get my exam results. | the pit of your stomach I felt a sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw the ambulance.

2 front part of the body below the chest

ADJ. firm, flat | bulging, fat, flabby, large, stout | bloated, swollen | bare

VERB + STOMACH hold in, pull in, suck in He sucked in his stomach as he walked past the girls. | lie on | clutch, hold ‘Call a doctor!’ he said, clutching his stomach. | pat, rub ‘I'm eating for two now,’ she said, patting her stomach.

STOMACH + VERB protrude, stick out

STOMACH + NOUN muscles | injury, strain, wound

PREP. on the/your ~ I lay on my stomach on the beach.