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"Butterflies in my stomach"
Amir46 asked about the meaning of "I've got butterflies in my stomach."
"To get/have butterflies in your stomach" is an idiomatic expression that means you are anxious and have a nervous feeling in your stomach.
Here's an example:
- I used to get butterflies in my stomach before school tests.
Sometimes the stomach isn't mentioned, as in this example sentence from Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary:
- Even experienced musicians sometimes get butterflies before a performance.