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belt line

noun
1.
a transportation system partially or wholly surrounding a city, terminal, district, or port.
2.
(in automotive styling) a horizontal boundary dividing the upper and lower parts of a car body, either an actual line of trim or an imaginary line that follows contours of the body.
Origin of belt line
1890-1895
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95
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  • Only the forts of the belt line of fortresses are still silent.

  • Put the waist on the doll, gather it at the belt line, front and back, and paste.

  • Harry crossed over to the west side of the city and boarding a belt line horse-car, he paid his fare and glanced around.

  • Lightly as a flitting shadow the small fingers moved over the man's waistcoat, from the belt line to the breast.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • And now Grady was pacing stiffly about the belt line yards, while the minute hand of his watch crept around toward ten o'clock.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • Long strings of box cars filled the belt line sidings, ready to roll into the elevator at the word.

    Calumet 'K' Samuel Merwin
  • Then Doc steps up, puts a manly arm half-way round her belt line, and lets her weep on the silk facing of his Sunday coat.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • It was a belt line and went the long way round, but in its own good time would get them to their home neighborhood.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • All I had to do was to get the train to the double track, and from there a belt line engine was to take it in.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • Sew this to the clothes under each armpit and round the belt line.

    Training for the Trenches Leslie Vickers

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