3. (of food) be tasted intermittently for some time after being swallowed as a result of belching or indigestion.
"it sat rather uncomfortably on my stomach and repeated on me for hours"
(source: Google Dictionary)

Since "it" here refers to consumed food, shouldn't it be "it sat in my stomach"?

  • As far as I know, it's a mistake and it should be in. Only something like a cat would sit on your stomach. (Note that using a Google search in this way is not a good source of authority. You should reference an actual website rather than general search results.) – Jason Bassford Dec 7 '18 at 4:11
  • I checked the ODO (repeat), as Google uses Oxford Dictionary products under license, and the definition is the same, but the example is not present. It also notes that this usage of "repeat" is "British". This usage of "on" is unusual to me, so I would guess it might be British too. Or possibly a typo, I don't know. – Em. Dec 7 '18 at 4:15
  • @Em. I have also noticed while the majority of Google Dictionary's content is from the ODO, occasionally the examples are different. My guess is the ODO updates its content and Google Dictionary possibly reflects older versions. – Eddie Kal Dec 7 '18 at 4:18
  • While it sounds wrong to me, "sat on my stomach" might be a kind of metaphorical statement, comparing the indigestion to something actually sitting on your stomach externally—like a cat. – ralph.m Dec 7 '18 at 5:08
  • But "That bowl of beans weighed heavily on my stomach" would be OK. I think that was the idea the example was going for. – user3169 Dec 7 '18 at 5:10

The 'on' version is correct, but is an antiquated way of speaking. Here are a few examples of its use. As far as I can tell, it seems to refer to foods that we consider to cause discomfort and tightness, similar to if someone was sitting on your stomach.

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