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Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
"Butterflies in my stomach"
Friday September 23rd 2011
"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.