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    Cool Busting a gut

    Talking on Superheroes, like Fantastic Four, what can be understood for "Busting a gut"? Something like beating a stomach?

    It seems some special superhero's gift

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    Re: Busting a gut

    It may have two meanings.
    Just take a look:


    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/bust+a+gut

    It is based on the idea that extremely hard physical work or laughter could damage your gut (= stomach)

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    Re: Busting a gut

    He busted his gut building that house. (He worked very hard to build his home)

    He was busting a gut watching cartoons. (He was laughing so hard that his stomach hurt)

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    Re: Busting a gut

    Usually in AmE "busting a gut" means laughing heartily or uproariously.

    "I nearly busted a gut when I saw Fred slip on that banana peel and fall down."

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