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bellyful

[bel-ee-foo l] /ˈbɛl iˌfʊl/
noun, plural bellyfuls. Informal.
1.
all that a person can tolerate:
I've had a bellyful of your whining.
Origin of bellyful
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; belly + -ful
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  • I should say that both sides had got their bellyful of fighting.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • A bellyful invariably of potatoes, and generally turf for fuel from a bog.

    A Tour in Ireland Arthur Young
  • "Hope they've got a bellyful by this time," I said bitterly.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • I swallowed a bellyful of it, too, and the water—if you'll believe me—was quite fresh.

    Major Vigoureux A. T. Quiller-Couch
  • A bellyful is a bellyful, no matter what kind of meat is taken.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Anything you got to say is better said when you got a bellyful of Molly's cookin'.

  • I've had my bellyful o' Frenchies, Mr. Carvell save it be to fight 'em.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • It was who could do most, and the childer are sure of a bellyful to-day, and of kindness too.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • If they come at us here I reckon theyll get their bellyful of trouble.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
British Dictionary definitions for bellyful

bellyful

/ˈbɛlɪˌfʊl/
noun
1.
as much as one wants or can eat
2.
(slang) more than one can tolerate
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Word Origin and History for bellyful
n.

figuratively, "enough and more," 1530s, from belly (n.) + -ful. Older than the literal sense (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bellyful

bellyful

noun

The limit of what one can stand; an overplus; surfeit: I've had a bellyful of your bellyaching (1830s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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