- a curtailment in spending; period of economizing: The mayor ordered a belt-tightening for all city offices.
Origin of belt-tightening
First recorded in 1935–40
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Related Wordsdecline, reduction, reversal, belt-tightening, lowering, lessening, abatement, curtailment, decrement, economy
Examples from the Web for belt-tightening
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