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    #1

    lying heavy on my stomach

    Hello everybody!

    Suppose you have just eaten a plate ful of tasty pancakes with white cheese and sugar (my favourite version) or with something salty.
    Unfortunately, you forgot to wash it down with something hot like for example a hot glass of tea. Now you are suffering from a stomach upset.

    Could I say something like:

    1. The pancakes are lying heavy on my stomach.

    2. The pancakes are sitting heavy in my stomach.

    Could I know your opinion on the subject?

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    #2

    Re: lying heavy on my stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post

    1. The pancakes are lying heavy on my stomach.

    2. The pancakes are sitting heavy in my stomach.

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    #3

    Re: lying heavy on my stomach

    It's been a long time since I've had any pancakes. What kind are they?


    (I would probably use the second one (sitting).)
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    #4

    Re: lying heavy on my stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post

    1. The pancakes are lying heavy on my stomach.

    2. The pancakes are sitting heavy in my stomach.

    Could I know your opinion on the subject?
    In AmE, the 2nd works and is the expression I frequently use for a 'heavy' meal. I'm not sure about the first in AmE. I don't know if I've heard it, but then it doesn't bother me.

    edit: When something is mentally troubling you (some kind of problem to solve or situation to resolve), we do say 'X is lying/ lies heavy/heavily on my mind", though. That's probably why the first one doesn't bother me.
    Last edited by Skrej; 09-Mar-2020 at 18:12. Reason: added, then typo
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