get butterflies in your stomach meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to get butterflies in your stomach" idiom?
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Idiom Scenario 1:



After dating Katrina for almost three years, Joe was ready to propose.  Joe made the decision to propose to Katrina three weeks before their three year anniversary. As Joe made the arrangements for the proposal, he started to get butterflies in his stomach.  As the day of the proposal came nearer and nearer, Joe's nervousness became greater.  He was feeling incredible butterflies in his stomach.


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Idiom Definition:


"to get butterflies in your stomach"
to be nervous or excited - often associated with a physical sensation in your stomach
 
Synonyms: agitated, anxious, aroused, charged, delighted, excited, inflamed, moved, passionate, roused, stimulated, thrilled, wired
 




 


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Idiom Scenario 2:


Today is the day of the big symposium.  Alexandra had been working on a very important new discovery in medicine.  Today, Alexandra is to announce to the world that she has found a cure for cancer.  It is five minutes before Alex's turn to speak at the symposium.
Do you think that Alexandra is feeling butterflies in her stomach
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Idiom Usage:

It is quite common to shorten this idiom:
to get butterflies in your stomach - I get butterflies before important events.
to have butterflies in your stomach - I have butterflies right now.  (because I am nervous or excited)
to feel butterflies in your stomach - I feel butterflies whenever you are near.
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Getting butterflies in your stomach is a sign of nervousness.
Having butterflies in your stomach is a normal reaction to a stressful situation.
Feeling butterflies in your stomach is not pleasant.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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