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belt line

a transportation system partially or wholly surrounding a city, terminal, district, or port.
(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
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Put the waist on the doll, gather it at the belt line, front and back, and paste.

  • A belt line round the business centre of the city facilitates freight transfers.

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

  • Only the forts of the belt line of fortresses are still silent.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • They use their bolos—heavy knives—to slit you open at the belt line.

    Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants H. Irving Hancock
  • Sew this to the clothes under each armpit and round the belt line.

    Training for the Trenches Leslie Vickers

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