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
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.
To deliver the stuff to a home’s coal bunker, merchants would remove a cast iron hatch from the street and carry the sacks through the underbelly of a neighborhood instead of dragging them through a house.
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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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