from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given in some parts of England to weak or sour beer.
You have quarrelled with roast-beef and home-brewed, for giving you too much thickness of limb, rotundity of stomach, and breadth of countenance; and you are labouring to reduce yourself, by a diet of outlandish soups and belly-vengeance, to a kind of living skeleton.
I can't drink no beer nowadays, though fond o' it, 'cause 'tis belly-vengeance stuff arter you gets past a certain time o' life.
I looked at her cargo, and found it made up of hams that hadn't as much fat as would grease a marlingspike; vermicelli that looked quite wormy; sausages as black and as hard as lignum vitae; olive-oil, and belly vengeance claret.
Also known as ‘whip-belly vengeance’ or ‘whistle-belly vengeance,’ this term is first attested in 1826 in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.