belt

[ belt ]
/ bɛlt /

noun

verb (used with object)

Idioms

Origin of belt

before 1000; Middle English; Old English; compare Old High German balz; both < Latin balteus; see balteus
SYNONYMS FOR belt
14 gird (on).
15 flog, lash.
Related formsbelt·less, adjective

Synonym study

3. Belt and zone agree in their original meaning of a girdle or band. Belt is more used in popular or journalistic writing: the corn or wheat belt. Zone tends to be used in technical language: the Torrid Zone; a parcel-post zone.
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British Dictionary definitions for below the belt

belt

/ (bɛlt) /

noun


verb

See also belt out, belt up
Derived Formsbelted, noun

Word Origin for belt

Old English, from Latin balteus
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Science definitions for below the belt

belt

[ bĕlt ]

A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect.

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Idioms and Phrases with below the belt

belt

In addition to the idioms beginning with belt

  • belt down
  • belt out

also see:

  • below the belt
  • bible belt
  • sun belt
  • tighten one's belt
  • under one's belt

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