go 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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • go belly up — (slang) 1. To die, fail (as a dead fish, floating belly upwards) 2. (of a business, etc) to fail • • • Main Entry: ↑belly * * * informal go bankrupt * * * go belly ˈup idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • go belly up — INFORMAL ► if a company or a plan goes belly up, it fails: »Small companies are more likely to go belly up than their larger competitors. Main Entry: ↑belly …   Financial and business terms

  • go belly-up — informal : to fail completely The team went belly up in the play offs. The business went belly up [=went bankrupt] during the long recession. • • • Main Entry: ↑belly up …   Useful english dictionary

  • go belly up — ► go belly up informal go bankrupt. Main Entry: ↑belly …   English terms dictionary

  • go belly up — Go to turn belly up …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • go belly-up — 1. v. fail; go bankrupt. Enron went belly up after it s scandal. 2. v. fail; go bankrupt …   English slang

  • go belly-up — vb a. to die ► Just another fat junkie who went belly up. (Tatler, October 1989) b. to fail or collapse. Said typically of a business or other venture. ► He lost all his equity when the firm went belly up in the recession of 81. (WallStreet, US… …   Contemporary slang

  • go belly up — informal if a business goes belly up, it fails. Factories and farms went belly up because of the debt crisis …   New idioms dictionary

  • go belly-up — verb a) To die. I was sorry to hear that my favorite little restaurant went belly up. b) To fail or fold; especially, to close or shut down a business; to go out of b …   Wiktionary

  • go belly up — vp To fail or go bankrupt. The company went belly up under his management. 1940s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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