belly up
belly up el"ly up`, belly-up el"ly-up`, a. [from analogy to the position of a floating dead fish.] defunct; bankrupt; -- used mostly of commercial organizations; often used in the phrase

{go belly-up}, i. e. to go bankrupt. [PJC]


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  • belly up — {v.}, {informal} To go bankrupt, become afunctional; to die. * /Uncompetitive small businesses must eventually all belly up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • belly-up — el ly up , belly up el ly up , a. [from analogy to the position of a floating dead fish.] defunct; bankrupt; used mostly of commercial organizations; often used in the phrase {go belly up}, i. e. to go bankrupt. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • belly up — el ly up , v. i. to approach (a counter) and stand in front of it; used mostly in the phrase {belly up to the bar} (i.e. to a counter in a saloon). [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belly-up — adjective INFORMAL if a company goes belly up, it loses all of its money …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • belly up — 1. adjective Dead or defunct. After several financial failures, the organization went belly up. See Also: go belly up 2. verb To gather close to, or approach eagerly or assertively, as a …   Wiktionary

  • Belly Up — A slang term used to describe the complete and abject failure of an individual, corporation, bank, development project, etc. The term belly up is often used to describe a financial institution that has failed and been closed by regulators. The… …   Investment dictionary

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