for Sunday, 24 January 2021
[ bel-ee-wosh, -wawsh ]
any barely drinkable liquid or beverage, as inferior soda, beer, coffee, or soup.
What is the origin of belly-wash?
Belly-wash is an obvious slang term with several meanings: a barely drinkable liquid (such as soup) or beverage (alcoholic or nonalcoholic); it also means nonsense, rather like hogwash. Belly-wash, an Americanism, entered English in the second half of the 19th century.