tits-up

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

or a Technical term: TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

Adjective[edit]

tits-up ‎(not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, slang, usually of a woman, usually naked) Lying down face up.
    • 1998, Anna Linzer, Ghost Dancing, Picador, page 39:
      Maybe she knows you and Mary will be taking her home, and that by next week she'll be sleeping under the cool green branches of a giant cedar tree instead of tits-up in some dusty cornfield.
    • 1999, Stephen Rhodes, The Velocity of Money: A Novel of Wall Street (HarperCollins Publishers Inc.), page 253:
      Next thing he remembered was blanking out, and waking to find himself tits-up in the S&P pit, a forest of undulating legs roiling around him.
    • 2005, Lucia St. Clair Robson, Shadow Patriots, Tor/Forge, page 215:
      The two women were naked except for their wigs and their gartered stockings. They both lay tits-up on the floor, facing André and Clinton.
  2. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) Broken; failed; inoperable.
    • 1987, Tom Clancy, Patriot Games, Putnam, page 197:
      The bird went tits-up, take another day or so to fix.
    • 2000, Dewey Lambdin, King's Captain: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure, St. Martin's Press, page 66:
      Yeomanry . . . militia forces. . . do I not make major-general by this time next year, I've either gone tits-up. . . or wasn't really tryin'!
    • 2005, Bill Fitzhugh, Pest Control, HarperCollins, page 46:
      Mary said that seventy percent of new businesses failed within the first six months. Another twenty percent went tits-up within the year.
  3. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar) Dead.