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see your guts

verb; analogy
to vomit; to throw up
 
The term is used to refer to someone who is vomiting. There is a metonymic shift in the fact that when the person is puking, their guts are not actually coming out but what was inside of their guts is, and thus there is a semantic shift via metonymy in that the food in the guts now come to represent the guts themselves. The term is also a euphemism, since vomit is usually a taboo in most contexts and is better replaced by phrases like 'see your guts'. Also, the term is often times specifically used in the context of vomiting due to excess alcohol consumption.
Etymology : Semantic shift via metonymy of the root 'guts'
Source : My older brother (November 2008). Quote: "Well, after drinking that whole bottle of vodka are you finally ready to see your guts?"
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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