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    Re: Belly up

    For further confusion, or maybe smiles, combine the saying with another one:

    The plumbers futile attempts to loose weight went down the drain, belly up.

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    Re: Belly up

    Your plumber's failed diet may drive people round the bend.

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    Re: Belly up

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Your plumber's failed diet may drive people round the bend.
    That is good, but I do rather like the pun. (The plumber's futile attemps to lose weight went down the drain.)

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    This expression is not really used very commonly anymore in daily spoken English anymore. You're more likely to see it in print, I think. Another similar one is the use of the word 'bust,' which means to go broke or to fail financially. For instance one might say, 'the dot come boom went bust.'

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    Re: Belly up

    good & best



    :n00b:

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    I would say it is most common in relation to business. Its very common to hear that something has gone belly up. If you work in investment banking etc they have a whole raft of such expressions. You could say it's walked south for example. North and South being up and down on a compass and the direction the stock price has moved. I always assumed belly up referred to death. In the old cowboy movies they always seemed to land on thier backs after being shot in a gun fight.

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    Re: Belly up

    If I start teaching here in the U.K, it is sure to go belly up.

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    Re: Belly up

    go belly up (informal) to fail completely: Last year the business went belly up after one of the partners resigned.

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    meaning:

    Hi,

    BELLY UP:To approach closely


    Thanks

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    Re: Belly up

    I'm an American, and I feel really bad that I messed this up! Ugh

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