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    Belly up

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    Re: Belly up

    If a plan or business goes belly up, it fails.

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    Re: Belly up

    He bought stock in the company and then it went belly up. Bad timing.

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    To go bankrubt

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    A variant in the US is /tits up/.


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    Hi,

    Is "belly up" a fairly common phrase? Does it sound childish?

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    Re: Belly up

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hi,

    Is "belly up" a fairly common phrase? Does it sound childish?
    It's common enough.

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    Re: Belly up

    Hopelessly ruined or defeated ; especially : bankrupt.

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    Re: Belly up

    Think of a dead fish floating 'belly up'.


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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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