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belly flop

noun, Northern and North Midland U.S.
1.
an awkward, usually unintentional dive in which the front of the body strikes the water horizontally, the abdomen or chest bearing the brunt of the impact.
2.
a maneuver with a sled in which the sledder runs with the sled to gain momentum and jumps forward to land on top of the sled as it moves through the snow.
Also, belly flopper.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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British Dictionary definitions for belly-flopper

belly flop

noun
1.
a dive into water in which the body lands horizontally
2.
another name for belly landing
verb -flops, -flopping, -flopped
3.
(intransitive) to perform a belly flop
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Slang definitions & phrases for belly-flopper

belly-flopper

Related Terms

belly-whopper


belly-whopper

noun
  1. A sled ride begun by running with the sled held at one's side, then leaping onto it stomach down (entry form 1940s+)
  2. belly flop

belly flop

noun phrase

A dive in which one strikes the water stomach first; belly-whopper (1930s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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