go belly-up

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Verb[edit]

go belly-up (third-person singular simple present goes belly-up, present participle going belly-up, simple past and past participle went belly-up)

  1. (idiomatic) To die.
  2. (idiomatic) To fail or fold; especially, to close or shut down a business; to go out of business.
    I was sorry to hear that my favorite little restaurant went belly-up.

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