pit in my stomach/in the pit of my stomach
Just as you can love someone from the bottom of your heart, you can also experience a sensation of dread in the pit (bottom) of your stomach. I don’t know whether people who mangle this common expression into “pit in my stomach” envision an ulcer, an irritating peach pit they’ve swallowed or are thinking of the pyloric sphincter; but they’ve got it wrong.
Spotted in the wild: Read Paul Brians' post about Thomas Friedman's errant usage earlier this week.
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