belly up

bel"ly up`

, v. i. to approach (a counter) and stand in front of it; -- used mostly in the phrase belly up to the bar (i.e. to a counter in a saloon).
[PJC]

bel"ly up`

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bel"ly-up`

, a. [from analogy to the position of a floating dead fish.] defunct; bankrupt; -- used mostly of commercial organizations; often used in the phrase go belly-up, i. e. to go bankrupt.
[PJC]

 

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