tits up

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Etymology[edit]

From “tits” + “up”, in reference to a woman lying on her back.

Adjective[edit]

tits up (not comparable)

  1. (slang, usually of a woman, usually naked) lying down, face up.
  2. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) completely failed so as to become inactive.
    • 1987, Nora Roberts, Daring to dream, page 157:
      The vast majority go tits up in the first year. Basic economics, even if the people have some training and education in retail.
    • 2007, Gemma Townley, The Hopeless Romantic's Handbook‎, page 102:
      But believe me, sunshine, if this show goes tits up, none of us are going to come out smelling of roses."