belly flop

noun
a dive in which the abdomen bears the main force of impact with the water
Hypernyms: ↑dive, ↑diving

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I. noun also belly flopper
: a dive (as into water or in coasting prone on a sled) in which the front of the body strikes flat against another surface
II. adverb
: with a belly flop : on the belly : prone

slide belly flop downhill

III. intransitive verb
: to execute a belly flop

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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.
[1890-95]

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belly flop noun
1. An inexpert dive in which one lands face down, flat on the water
2. A belly landing
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Main Entry:belly

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belly flop UK US noun [countable] [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
Thesaurus: swimming and divinghyponym

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noun, pl ⋯ flops [count]
informal : a poorly done dive in which the front of the body lands flat on the surface of the water

She did a belly flop into the pool.

belly flop verb, ⋯ flops, ⋯ flopped, ⋯ flopping [no obj]

She belly flopped into the pool.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • belly-flop — ☆ belly flop [bel′ēfläp΄ ] vi. belly flopped, belly flopping to dive awkwardly so that the belly strikes flat against the water or other surface n. an instance or the act of so diving: Also belly bump, belly whop, or belly slam …   English World dictionary

  • 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 — 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 — /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] *… …   Universalium

  • 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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