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Belly Up

What Does "Belly Up" Mean?

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"Belly up" is an English idiom. It means "fail, go bankrupt, or die."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "belly up" used in a sentence:
  • The company went belly up after just two years.
  • I'm afraid the old fish in our aquarium has gone belly up.
  • Many restaurants go belly up within their first year of operation.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Belly Up" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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