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 forms

belt·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 belt out (1 of 2)

belt out


verb

(tr, adverb) informal to sing loudly or emit (sound, esp pop music) loudlya jukebox belting out the latest hits

British Dictionary definitions for belt out (2 of 2)

belt

/ (bɛlt) /

noun

verb

See also belt out, belt up

Derived Forms

belted, noun

Word Origin for belt

Old English, from Latin balteus
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Science definitions for belt out

belt

[ bĕlt ]

A geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect.
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Idioms and Phrases with belt out (1 of 2)

belt out


1

Knock unconscious; beat up, trounce; murder. For example, The police officer was accused of belting out the teenager before taking him to the station, or The hold-up man belted out the storekeeper and fled with the money. This expression originated in boxing. [Slang; c. 1940]

2

Sing or play music very loudly, as in She belted out the national anthem before every game. [Colloquial; c. 1950]

Idioms and Phrases with belt out (2 of 2)

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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