belly-flop


belly-flop
/bel"ee flop'/, v.i., belly-flopped, belly-flopping. Northern and North Midland U.S.
1. to do a belly flop, as in diving or sledding.
2. to land or throw oneself heavily down on one's belly: so tired he just belly-flopped on the bed.
[1930-35]

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • belly flop — n a way of jumping into water, in which the front of your body falls flat against the surface of the water >bellyflop v [I] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • belly flop — belly ,flop noun count a way of jumping into water in which the front of the body hits the water, usually in a painful way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • belly flop — noun a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water • Syn: ↑belly flopper, ↑belly whop, ↑belly whopper • Hypernyms: ↑dive, ↑diving * * * I. noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • belly-flop — verb dive so that one hits the water with one s belly • Topics: ↑water sport, ↑aquatics • Hypernyms: ↑dive • Verb Frames: Somebody s Somebody s PP * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • belly flop — 1. n. a failed dive where there is a loud noise when the flat of the stomach hits the water. □ Wow, I never knew that a belly flop hurts! □ A belly flop gets zero points in a dive meet. 2. in. to dive into the water so that the flat of the… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • belly flop — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms belly flop : singular belly flop plural belly flops a way of jumping into water in which the front of the body hits the water, usually in a painful way …   English dictionary

  • belly flop — noun Date: 1895 a dive (as into water or in coasting prone on a sled) in which the front of the body strikes flat against another surface called also belly flopper • belly flop intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • belly flop — /ˈbɛli flɒp/ (say belee flop) noun Colloquial → belly buster. Also, bellyflop, belly flopper …   Australian English dictionary

  • belly-flop — /ˈbɛli flɒp/ (say belee flop) verb (i) (belly flopped, belly flopping) Colloquial to dive so that one s body hits the water horizontally. Also, bellyflop, gut buster …   Australian English dictionary


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