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[ guht ]SEE DEFINITION OF gutting

Synonyms for gutting

  • decimate
  • empty
  • eviscerate
  • loot
  • ransack
  • ravage
  • bowel
  • despoil
  • dilapidate
  • disembowel
  • draw
  • dress
  • exenterate
  • pillage
  • plunder
  • rifle
  • sack

Antonyms for gutting

  • protect
  • fill
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He approached a woman who was gutting fish, and asked her to prepare one for him.

Gutting a long straw, I extended the point towards the tail, and then traced a line across the leg to the belly.

The great fire at the docks, after gutting several warehouses, was finally subdued.

All the processes of gutting, curing, and kippering go on in grand style.

Then came the sense of the terrific blow caving in his ribs, gutting its way throughout his inside.

And all this bald chat about sacking towns and gutting convents?

As a matter of fact, the gutting must have destroyed everything, but I did not mean to take any risks.

The gutting of this Hill cost the city the fortunes of several contractors, and it ruined the Hill forever.

And as for your filthy green-weed soup, how should a Mulla-mulgar soil his thumbs with gutting fish?

After gutting and cleaning, boil them gently, and serve with butter and fennel, or gooseberry sauce.


Old English guttas (plural) "bowels, entrails," related to geotan "to pour," from PIE *gheu- "pour" (see found (v.2)). Related to Middle Dutch gote, Dutch goot, German Gosse "gutter, drain," Middle English gote "channel, stream." Meaning "abdomen, belly" is from c.1400. Meaning "easy college course" is student slang from 1916, probably from obsolete slang sense of "feast" (the connecting notion is "something that one can eat up"). Sense of "inside contents of anything" (usually plural) is from 1570s. To hate (someone's) guts is first attested 1918. The notion of the intestines as a seat of emotions is ancient (cf. bowel) and probably explains expressions such as gut reaction (1963), gut feeling (by 1970), and cf. guts. Gut check attested by 1976.