belly flop


Definition of belly flop

1 : a dive (as into water or in coasting prone on a sled) in which the front of the body strikes flat against another surface

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2 : a complete and often painful or embarrassing failure : flop … instead of doing a belly flop at the box office, Vampire soared …— Jeff Gordinier

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belly flop intransitive verb

Examples of belly flop in a Sentence

She did a belly flop into the pool.
Recent Examples on the Web Well that one too, as the Chargers produced a 41-29 belly flop to put a wrinkle in their playoff plans. Jay Paris, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Their school-record 16-game losing streak included a belly flop last month against Northern Arizona, a Football Championship Subdivision team. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 The Red Sox just endured a two-week belly flop of 11 losses in 14 games, falling out of first place behind Tampa Bay, while watching the Yankees and Blue Jays gain considerable ground., 16 Aug. 2021 Launch, hover, belly flop return, and crucially, the landing. Jonathan O'callaghan, Forbes, 6 May 2021 In part, because of the chance of a painful and embarrassing belly flop. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Apr. 2021 Perhaps most impressively, the unprecedented belly flop maneuver and demonstration of Starship's aerodynamics bode extremely well for the company's plans to reuse the vehicle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 10 Dec. 2020 By executing a belly flop, Starship can more accurately control its landing using its fins. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 9 Dec. 2020 Another week, another belly flop by Mike Leach’s offense in a 28-14 loss to Texas A&M, which might set an all-time college football record for a fan base souring on a first-year coach. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of belly flop

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Belly flop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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