When a business goes belly-up, it's bankrupt. When you're belly-up, you're out of business.

If you've ever had a goldfish, you probably noticed how it looked when it died: belly-up. The same term can be used for financial failures, like a store that goes out of business due to poor sales or a company that makes bad investments and has to fold. People use the term for other sorts of failures too: a sports team that misses the playoffs has gone belly-up. A failed dream has gone belly-up. Anything belly-up is finished.

Definitions of belly-up
  1. adjective
    financially ruined
    “the company went belly-up
    synonyms: bankrupt
    unable to meet or discharge financial obligations
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