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belly–up

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adjective bel·ly–up \-ˈəp\

Definition of belly–up

  1. :  hopelessly ruined or defeated; especially :  bankrupt <the business went belly–up>



Origin and Etymology of belly–up

from the floating position of a dead fish


First Known Use: 1918



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