Definition of underbelly in English:

underbelly

Syllabification: un·der·bel·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌbelē
 
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noun (plural underbellies)

  • 1The soft underside or abdomen of an animal.
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    • Color is variable and can range from jet black dorsally with a lighter underbelly to a uniform light gray.
    • The most common color is dark brown - slightly brighter on the underbelly than the dorsal surface.
    • Her body was so perfectly counter-shaded in the soft starlight that even the pure white of her underbelly merged into the picture.
  • 1.1An area vulnerable to attack: these multinationals have a soft underbelly
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    • Her questions were quick as a flash, like a salesman's flow chart, until she got the punters vulnerable underbelly.
    • The world is now adopting open standards, which leaves their vast underbelly vulnerable.
    • When it comes to competitive production, the advent of the free trade area has exposed the manufacturers' underbelly again.
  • 1.2A hidden unpleasant or criminal part of society.
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    • In order to satisfy Kip's debt to society's dark underbelly, Raines must come out of retirement and steal 50 cars in three days.
    • One by one, its children learn of their society's dark underbelly and so become adults.
    • You work your way through the criminal underbelly of a city, jacking cars and committing all kinds of felonies as you make your way to the top.

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