underbelly

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noun un·der·bel·ly \ˈən-dər-ˌbe-lē\

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 in a sentence

  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


UNDERBELLY Defined for English Language Learners

underbelly

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noun un·der·bel·ly \ˈən-dər-ˌbe-lē\

Definition of underbelly for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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