- the lower abdomen; posterior ventral area, as of an animal's body.
- the lower surface of an object; underside: the underbelly of an airplane.
- a vulnerable area; weak point: an attack on the soft underbelly of Europe.
- a dark, seamy, often hidden area or side: a police officer continually exposed to the underbelly of society.
Origin of underbelly
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Related Words for underbellyfloor, bed, seat, belly, basement, underside, ground, footing, basis, groundwork, support, sole, rest, substratum, base, bedrock, foot, pedestal, nadir, substructure
Examples from the Web for underbelly
Contemporary Examples of underbelly
The press was at the height of its power when the Monica story began and Drudge was its underbelly.How Monica Lewinsky Changed the Media
May 9, 2014
Come to think of it, the underbelly of Clinton & Co. has been on display all summer.The Clintons Can’t Shake Their Reputation for Ethical Shadiness
September 19, 2013
Historical Examples of underbelly
- the part of an animal's belly nearest to the ground
- a vulnerable or unprotected part, aspect, or region
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