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 tighten one's 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 tighten one's belt

belt

[ bĕlt ]

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

tighten one's belt


Spend less, be more frugal, as in Business has been bad, so we'll have to tighten our belts. This metaphoric term alludes to pulling in one's belt after losing weight from not having enough to eat. [First half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with tighten one's belt (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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