turn belly up

turn belly up

 and go belly up 
1. Sl to fail. (See also turn turtle.)—I sort of felt that the whole thing would go belly up, and I was right. The computeron its last legs anywayturned belly up right in the middle of an important job.
2. Sl. to die. (As a fish does when it dies.) The cat was acting strangely for a while before she turned belly up. Every fish in Greg's tank went belly up last night.
See also: belly, turn, up

turn belly up

and go belly up
1. in. to fail. I sort of felt that the whole thing would go belly up, and I was right. (See also belly up.) The computer—on its last legs anyway—turned belly up right in the middle of an important job.
2. in. to die. (As a fish does when it dies.) Every fish in Greg’s tank went belly up last night.
See also: belly, turn, up