For the best that Barcelona has to offer, belly up to Pinotxo Bar, a tiny place with a gracious host.
The gull flapped his wings violently once or twice, then turned over and floated away, belly up, quite dead.
Still, one fine day they'll slit his belly up, by God they will!
But at length she floated to the surface, unconscious, her belly up, as if dead.
A slip would have sent them, belly up, down the toboggan-slide, with a drop into an unknown depth at the end.
Fill the other part with a plum-pudding; sew the belly up, and bake it.
The piano in Bezuquet's shop mouldered away under a green fungus, and the Spanish flies dried upon it, belly up.
A large fish floated on the water, belly up; fish washed ashore are used by the people as medicine.
He started crawling on his belly up out of the draw to the crest of the hog's back.
"Your ponies floated, belly up, down the river moons ago," said Matthews.
Old English belg, bylg (West Saxon), bælg (Anglian) "leather bag, purse, bellows," from Proto-Germanic *balgiz "bag" (cf. Old Norse belgr "bag, bellows," bylgja "billow," Gothic balgs "wineskin"), from PIE *bholgh-, from root *bhelgh- "to swell," an extension of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Meaning shifted to "body" (late 13c.), then focused to "abdomen" (mid-14c.). Meaning "bulging part or concave surface of anything" is 1590s. The West Germanic root had a figurative or extended sense of "anger, arrogance" (cf. Old English bolgenmod "enraged;" belgan (v.) "to become angry").
Indo-European languages commonly use the same word for both the external belly and the internal (stomach, womb, etc.), but the distinction of external and internal is somewhat present in English belly/stomach; Greek gastr- (see gastric) in classical language denoted the paunch or belly, while modern science uses it only in reference to the stomach as an organ. Fastidious avoidance of belly in speech and writing (compensated for by stretching the senses of imported stomach and abdomen, baby-talk tummy and misappropriated midriff) began late 18c. and the word was banished from Bibles in many early 19c. editions. Belly punch (n.) is attested from 1811.
"to swell out," 1620s, from belly (n.). Related: Bellied; bellying. Old English belgan meant "to be or become angry" (a figurative sense). A comparable Greek verb-from-noun, gastrizein, meant "to hit (someone) in the belly."
belly bel·ly (běl'ē)
The womb; the uterus.
The bulging, central part of a muscle. Also called venter.
Dead or ruined;
the seat of the carnal affections (Titus 1:12; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 16:18). The word is used symbolically for the heart (Prov. 18:8; 20:27; 22:18, marg.). The "belly of hell" signifies the grave or underworld (Jonah 2:2).