They drink too much, their bellies distend, and most possess a predilection for siliconed blondes and themed belt buckles.
However, de-miners crawling on their bellies to identify, excavate, and destroy mines remain the default modus operandi.
But it was not just their bellies that needed feeding—their minds and hearts did, too.
If we came to rivulets, they used to lie upon their bellies, along the margins, with their heads in the flowing water.
It isn't gowns that lovers love, but what bellies out the gowns.
I shall not soon forget the look of their bellies or the smell of their wet flanks.
What would all you parsons do to clothe your backs and feed your bellies?
Others, after they have filled their bellies, have the same stomachs, and their appetites are rather increased than abated.
Why, she asked, were men given brains if they made gods of their bellies?
The men dropped on their bellies and crawled away from it, and Troy crawled after, sweating with fear.
Old English belg, bylg (West Saxon), bælg (Anglian) "leather bag, purse, bellows," from Proto-Germanic *balgiz "bag" (cf. Old Norse belgr "bag, bellows," bylgja "billow," Gothic balgs "wineskin"), from PIE *bholgh-, from root *bhelgh- "to swell," an extension of *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole). Meaning shifted to "body" (late 13c.), then focused to "abdomen" (mid-14c.). Meaning "bulging part or concave surface of anything" is 1590s. The West Germanic root had a figurative or extended sense of "anger, arrogance" (cf. Old English bolgenmod "enraged;" belgan (v.) "to become angry").
Indo-European languages commonly use the same word for both the external belly and the internal (stomach, womb, etc.), but the distinction of external and internal is somewhat present in English belly/stomach; Greek gastr- (see gastric) in classical language denoted the paunch or belly, while modern science uses it only in reference to the stomach as an organ. Fastidious avoidance of belly in speech and writing (compensated for by stretching the senses of imported stomach and abdomen, baby-talk tummy and misappropriated midriff) began late 18c. and the word was banished from Bibles in many early 19c. editions. Belly punch (n.) is attested from 1811.
"to swell out," 1620s, from belly (n.). Related: Bellied; bellying. Old English belgan meant "to be or become angry" (a figurative sense). A comparable Greek verb-from-noun, gastrizein, meant "to hit (someone) in the belly."
belly bel·ly (běl'ē)
The womb; the uterus.
The bulging, central part of a muscle. Also called venter.
the seat of the carnal affections (Titus 1:12; Phil. 3:19; Rom. 16:18). The word is used symbolically for the heart (Prov. 18:8; 20:27; 22:18, marg.). The "belly of hell" signifies the grave or underworld (Jonah 2:2).