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What does 'butterflies (or butterfly) in the stomach' mean?
Is this idiom commonly used?
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AnonymousWhat does 'butterflies (or butterfly) in the stomach' mean?
Is this idiom commonly used?
It used to be very common.....I don't hear it much any more. It means that a person is nervous.....picture butterflies flapping their wings in your stomach.
Thank you for your input.
Which is better, 'butterfly in the stomach' or 'butterflies in the stomach'?
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It's that horrible slightly sick feeling you get when you are anxious or nervous.
or when you are in love?
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Nona The BritIt's that horrible slightly sick feeling you get when you are anxious or nervous.

I heard a rock singer using this idiom, when he was talking about how nervous he was before taking a stage.
I guess stage frights are often associated with 'butterflies in the stomach'. Thanks for your info.