belly-up

adjective
bel·​ly-up | \ ˈbe-lē-ˈəp How to pronounce belly-up (audio) \

Definition of belly-up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: hopelessly ruined or defeated especially : bankrupt the business went belly-up

belly up

verb
bellied up; bellying up; bellies up

Definition of belly up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to move close or next to bellied up to the bar

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Synonyms & Antonyms for belly-up

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of belly-up in a Sentence

Verb belly up to the buffet table and help yourselves

First Known Use of belly-up

Adjective

1918, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for belly-up

Adjective

from the floating position of a dead fish

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The first known use of belly-up was in 1880

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“Belly-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/belly-up. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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