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belly-land

[bel-ee-land]Aeronautics
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verb (used with object)
  1. (of an aviator) to land (an aircraft) directly on the fuselage, as because of defective landing gear.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of an aircraft) to land directly on the fuselage, without using the landing gear.
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Origin of belly-land

First recorded in 1940–45
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  • But there is a chance I can belly-land without that grenade blowing.

    Space Platform

    Murray Leinster