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belly flop

or belly flopper

noun, Northern and North Midland U.S.
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.
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.
Origin of belly flop
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "Moles has gone a belly-flopper," shouted the crowd, as it wept with laughter.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for belly-flopper

belly flop

a dive into water in which the body lands horizontally
another name for belly landing
verb -flops, -flopping, -flopped
(intransitive) to perform a belly flop
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  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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