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tighten one's belt

Definition of tighten one's belt

  1. :  to begin to spend less money :  to make changes in order to save money <Many companies are tightening their belts during the recession.>



Word by Word Definitions

tightenplay
  1. :  to make tight or tighter

    :  to become tight or tighter

beltplay
  1. :  a strip of flexible material worn especially around the waist as an item of clothing or a means of carrying something (as tools)

    :  a similar article worn as a corset or for protection or safety or as a symbol of distinction

    :  a continuous band of tough flexible material for transmitting motion and power or conveying materials

  1. :  to encircle or fasten with a belt

    :  to strap on

    :  to beat with or as if with a belt :  thrash

  1. :  a jarring blow :  whack

    :  drink


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