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underbelly

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noun un·der·bel·ly \ˈən-dər-ˌbe-lē\

Simple Definition of underbelly

  • : the bottom part of an object or an animal's body

  • : an area that is easy to attack or criticize

  • : a part of society, an organization, etc., that is hidden and usually unpleasant

Full Definition of underbelly

  1. 1 :  a vulnerable area; also :  a corrupt or sordid part <probing the underbelly of the entertainment industry>

  2. 2 :  the underside of a body or mass

Examples of underbelly

  1. They exposed the underbelly of the nation's economic policy.

  2. the sordid underbelly of city life



1942

First Known Use of underbelly

1942


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