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
They exposed the underbelly of the nation's economic policy.
the sordid underbelly of city life
Recent Examples of underbelly from the Web
The show is an incredible phenomenon affecting both pop culture and the underbelly of what was once a subculture.
New to a sleepy town with a criminal underbelly, Olive must navigate new foster parents, new boyfriends, new gangsters … and new crime opportunities.
All the while, Russia is assiduously courting Italy, a country that once had the largest Communist party outside the Soviet bloc and that many analysts consider the soft underbelly of the European Union.
But the act was a shock, even for a series about the seamy underbelly of a reality dating show.
Since then, the bar has embraced its uniquely Vegas mission to mix video gambling, punk rock, cheap drinks and a DIY-bumper-sticker aesthetic in an round-the-clock operation that attracts both hardcore punkers and tourists with soft underbellies.
On these shows, sex is exposed just as graphically as the characters’ ugly underbellies.
The comedy, directed by Brian Henson, is set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist.
In the series, doughnuts (and another Cooper favorite, cherry pie) represent the sweetness and innocence of small-town America, in contrast to the dark underbelly of Twin Peaks, where corruption rules and doughnuts are not on the menu.
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First Known Use of underbelly
UNDERBELLY Defined for English Language Learners
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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