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go belly up

1. To break or malfunction; to die, fall apart, or cease to work. ("Belly up" is sometimes hyphenated.) Sorry, Mark, I'd love to give you a lift to the airport, but my car has gone belly up on me again. It looks like our co-op might be going belly-up if we aren't granted a license for our communal work premises.
2. By extension, to have a poor, undesired, or ruinous outcome; to fail completely or not come together at all. We were all set to have our picnic on Saturday, but the weather went belly up and we had to cancel at the last minute. The merger deal between the two companies went belly-up when it came to light that one of the CEOs had been dodging tax obligations for several years.
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turn belly up

1. slang To die. Likened to a fish floating upside down when it dies. Those fireflies are going to turn belly up if you don't poke some holes in the lid of that jar.
2. slang To completely cease to work; to fail or become defunct. Sorry, Mark, I'd love to give you a lift to the airport, but my car turned belly up on me again. It looks like our co-op might be turning belly up if we aren't granted a licence for our communal work premises.
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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.
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go belly up

verb
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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.
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