underbelly

noun un·der·bel·ly \ ˈən-dər-ˌbe-lē \
Updated on: 5 May 2018

Definition of underbelly

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

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First Known Use of underbelly

1942

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UNDERBELLY Defined for English Language Learners

underbelly

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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