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The meaning of "go belly up"

" Go belly (or tits) up "
Meaning:
Become badly and permanently inoperative.
Example:
The company has gone belly up - they had millions in debts and their only customer went elsewhere.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 20th century. The allusion is to fish floating dead in the water.
Where is it used?:
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