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verb (used without object), bel·ly-flopped, bel·ly-flop·ping. Northern and North Midland U.S.
  1. to do a belly flop, as in diving or sledding.
  2. to land or throw oneself heavily down on one's belly: so tired he just belly-flopped on the bed.
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Origin of belly-flop

First recorded in 1930–35

belly flop

noun Northern and North Midland U.S.
  1. an awkward, usually unintentional dive in which the front of the body strikes the water horizontally, the abdomen or chest bearing the brunt of the impact.
  2. a maneuver with a sled in which the sledder runs with the sled to gain momentum and jumps forward to land on top of the sled as it moves through the snow.
  3. a failure; flop.
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Sometimes belly flopper.

Origin of belly flop

First recorded in 1890–95
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British Dictionary definitions for belly-flop

belly flop

  1. a dive into water in which the body lands horizontally
  2. another name for belly landing
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verb belly-flop -flops, -flopping or -flopped
  1. (intr) to perform a belly flop
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