go belly-up

idiom

Definition of go belly-up

informal
: to fail completely The team went belly-up in the play-offs. The business went belly-up during the long recession.

Learn More about go belly-up

Statistics for go belly-up

Cite this Entry

“Go belly-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20belly-up. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

Comments on go belly-up

What made you want to look up go belly-up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!