belly up

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belly up (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Dead or defunct.
    After several financial failures, the organization went belly up.

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belly up (third-person singular simple present bellies up, present participle bellying up, simple past and past participle bellied up)

  1. (idiomatic) To gather close to, or approach eagerly or assertively, as a bar for ordering alcoholic drinks.
    He bellied up to the bar as soon as he saw a free stool.