One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A quantity of food sufficient to fill one's stomach; a sustaining meal.
excess, surplus, abundance, oversupply, superabundance, superfluity, overdose, glut, avalanche, delugeView synonyms
- ‘Even remnants of last meals were preserved, such as the bellyful of shrimp fossilized inside one 8-centimeter-long larval salamander.’
- ‘She wanted to take revenge on the villagers - snatch away their belongings, eat a bellyful of food, dive and bathe in the village pond - do all that was forbidden.’
- ‘All purring has been forgotten, all pleasure from a bellyful of food is gone.’
- ‘Gosh - there's no stopping these boys when they've got a bellyful of fruit-based cocktails.’
- ‘We only wanted a bellyful of McDonald's hash browns and biscuits as we waited in the drive-through line in Lugoff.’
- ‘Everyone left with a pocketful of business cards and a bellyful of beer, wines and spirits, and Walter Thenisch's great food!’
- ‘I ducked to avoid it, swallowing my tenth bellyful of water.’
- ‘I will not assert that potatoes are a better food than bread and cheese, but I have no doubt of a belly full of one, being better than a bellyful of the other.’
have a (or one's) bellyful
informal Become intolerant of someone or something after lengthy or repeated contact.‘he had had his bellyful of hospitals’
- ‘I think they all had a bellyful of the rugby public's chiding and groaning at lack of skills and below par play that took us to rock bottom (by our standards) at the World Cup.’
- ‘Most Californians have had a bellyful of hearing how unnatural it is to live here, coming as it usually does from people who spend half the year putting on six layers of clothing just to fetch the morning paper.’
- ‘His friends on the Control and Disciplinary Body have probably had a bellyful of Scottish history by now.’
- ‘I've been listening to you all my life long and I've just about had a bellyful of it.’
- ‘He looked to Cale, seething, and said, ‘One thing's for sure, I've had a bellyful of you in more ways than one.’’
- ‘After three seasons in charge at Philadelphia, he'd had a bellyful of his star guard's attitudes to work and play - not enough of the former, too much of the latter.’
- ‘He appears to have had a bellyful of his homeland anyway.’
- ‘We had a bellyful of that in 1967, and its destructiveness needs no homily.’
- ‘Others, more sympathetic to what became known as ‘cosies ‘, insist that the novels grew out of a need for post-war convalescence and healing; readers no longer needed flesh-and-blood heroes and had had a bellyful of onstage violence.’’
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