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    My stomach shut???

    Hi,

    I'm trying to translate a Spanish expression (se me cerró el estómago) into English.

    We say this expression (literally: my stomach got shut) when we lose appetite either because we are very worried, or in love, or perhaps because we find the food available distusting.

    Is there any similar expression in English?

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    We can be off our food.

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    Sorry, but I do think you mean disgusting or disturbing, don’t you?

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    We would say we "lost our appetite."

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    Yes, sorry, that was a typo.

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    There is - or at least used to be - an expression for something like this: 'to have/get the collywobbles'. Failing that, being 'off your food' is probably the nearest you'll get, although it refers rather too explicitly to loss of appetite for my liking. A passing episode of uneasiness in the stomach because of nerves/fear/anticipation can also be referred to as Butterflies in your stomach - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com.

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    My stomach turned.

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    It's tempting to go for a 1:1 translation like that, but I'm not sure it conveys the right emotion.

    'My stomach turned' expresses disgust. My Spanish isn't good enough to say whether Se me cerró el estómago does that... But I suspect not.

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    Re: My stomach shut???

    I'm sure you're right, but thought I'd throw that in to reverberate the guitar body a bit.

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