Where did the term belly up come from?

Table of contents:

  1. Where did the term belly up come from?
  2. Is it going belly up?
  3. Is Bellyup hyphenated?
  4. How do you spell belly up?
  5. What means belly?
  6. What does the dog is belly up mean?

Where did the term belly up come from?

Usage: Usually said about business and other organizations. Origin: Based on the idea of a dead animal found lying on its back, with its belly (stomach) facing up this idiom has been originated. Like a dead fish or a dead animal in water, floating upside down.

Is it going belly up?

: to fail completely The team went belly-up in the play-offs. The business went belly-up during the long recession.

Is Bellyup hyphenated?

1. To break or malfunction; to die, fall apart, or cease to work. ("Belly up" is sometimes hyphenated.)

How do you spell belly up?

When you're belly-up, you're out of business. If you've ever had a goldfish, you probably noticed how it looked when it died: belly-up. The same term can be used for financial failures, like a store that goes out of business due to poor sales or a company that makes bad investments and has to fold.

What means belly?

: a person's stomach or the part of the body that contains the stomach. : the part of an animal's body that is like a person's belly. : a curved or rounded surface or part.

What does the dog is belly up mean?

Lying Belly Up or Rolling Over For dogs, rolling over and showing the belly are signs of utter submission and appeasement. But this behavior isn't necessarily an invitation for a belly rub. Some dogs love belly rubs and will happily soak up the attention.