go belly-up

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From the tendency of fishes to float upside down when they die.

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

  1. To die.
  2. 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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