belt-tight·​en·​ing ˈbelt-ˌtīt-niŋ How to pronounce belt-tightening (audio)
: a reduction in spending

Examples of belt-tightening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The studio's belt-tightening — squeezing the budget down to $3.5 million due to Romero's unwavering artistic stance — left the director to later lament the divergence from his original ambitions. James Mercadante,, 27 Oct. 2023 Google has been on a belt-tightening, price-raising mission for about a year now, and part of that has involved across-the-board subscription price increases. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 5 Sep. 2023 Shares in Spotify jumped more than 11% when the New York Stock Exchange opened Monday, a familiar reaction to headcount reductions, with investors seeing belt-tightening as a good sign for reining in unnecessary staffing costs. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 6 Dec. 2023 With studios in belt-tightening mode as streaming services struggle for profitability, the climate isn’t likely to change. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Nov. 2023 But Google is also in belt-tightening mode, clamping down on projects companywide that aren’t paying off. WSJ, 4 Oct. 2023 This time around, the space appears to have been hit with a general belt-tightening following a rosier stretch coming out of the pandemic, not to mention that the genre has been light on breakout hits in recent years. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Aug. 2023 The new government is expected to introduce an era of financial belt-tightening and stricter immigration policies. Johanna Lemola, New York Times, 16 June 2023 Beignets are a Mardi Gras tradition stemming from when Catholics, in anticipation of the belt-tightening season of Lent, would use up all of their sugary and indulgent ingredients. Mara Severin | Eating Out, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of belt-tightening was in 1931

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“Belt-tightening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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: a reduction in spending

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