- to do a belly flop, as in diving or sledding.
- to land or throw oneself heavily down on one's belly: so tired he just belly-flopped on the bed.
Origin of belly-flop
First recorded in 1930–35
- 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.
- 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.
- a failure; flop.
Sometimes belly flopper.
Origin of belly flop
First recorded in 1890–95
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Related Words for belly-flopplummet, hurtle, tumble, drop, drive, jump, sink, dip, throw, descend, nose-dive, propel, duck, dash, pitch, submerse, career, lurch, charge, swoop
- a dive into water in which the body lands horizontally
- another name for belly landing
- (intr) to perform a belly flop
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