Idioms

    go/turn belly up, Informal. to come to an end; die; fail: After years of barely surviving on donations, the neighborhood social club finally went belly up.

Origin of belly

before 950; Middle English bely, Old English belig, belg bag, skin; cognate with German Balg, Gothic balgs, Old Norse belgr sack; akin to Welsh bol(a), boly, Irish bolg sack, belly, bellows, Serbo-Croatian blàzina, Latvian pabàlsts, Avestan barəziš-, Persian bālish cushion

Related forms

bel·ly·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for belly

belly

/ (ˈbɛlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

to swell out or cause to swell out; bulge

Word Origin for belly

Old English belig; related to Old High German balg, Old Irish bolg sack, Sanskrit barhi chaff
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Medicine definitions for belly

belly

[ bĕlē ]

n.

abdomen
The stomach.
The womb; the uterus.
The bulging, central part of a muscle.venter
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Idioms and Phrases with belly

belly


see go belly up.

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