belt-and-suspenders

adjective

Definition of belt-and-suspenders

US
:involving or employing multiple methods or procedures to achieve a desired result especially out of caution or fear of failure
  • A small, personal estate-planning company accurately applied belt-and-suspenders thinking when it created an instructional service for insurance salesmen to teach them how to “push” its financial plans.
  • —Mack HananHarvard Business ReviewMay-June 1976
  • These are belt-and-suspenders kinds of investments.
  • —Thomas P. MurphyForbes25 Dec. 1978
  • We worked out a belt-and-suspenders conservative way of protecting the well that I think in the final analysis would have satisfied everyone.
  • —J. Daniel LugoschBusiness Worcester18 Apr. 1988
  • If you're smart, you will first park your winnings in a money market mutual fund or a money market account at a bank … . (If you're the belt-and-suspenders type, you could open multiple accounts to get all your money covered.)
  • New York Times6 Feb. 2000

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First Known Use of belt-and-suspenders

1958


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