on a small/tight/shoestring budget

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on a small/tight/shoestring budget

:involving a relatively small amount of money for planned spending
  • She started her business on a small/tight/shoestring budget and could not afford to overspend.

Word by Word Definitions

small play
  1. : having comparatively little size or slight dimensions

  2. : lowercase

  3. : minor in influence, power, or rank

  1. : in or into small pieces

  2. : without force or loudness

  3. : in a small manner

  1. : a part smaller and especially narrower than the remainder

  2. : small-sized products

  3. : smallclothes

tight play
  1. : having elements close together

  2. : so close in structure as to prevent passage or escape (as of liquid, gas, or light) — compare lightproof, watertight

  3. : fitting very close to the body

  1. : fast, tightly, firmly

  2. : in a sound manner : soundly

shoestring play
  1. : shoelace

  2. : a small sum of money : capital inadequate or barely adequate to the needs of a transaction

  1. : narrow and long like a shoestring

  2. : operating on, accomplished by, or consisting of a small amount of money or capital

budget play
  1. : a usually leather pouch, wallet, or pack

  2. : stock, supply

  3. : a quantity (as of energy or water) involved in, available for, or assignable to a particular situation

  1. : to put or allow for in a statement or plan coordinating resources and expenditures : to put or allow for in a budget

  2. : to require to adhere to a budget

  3. : to allocate funds for in a budget

  1. : suitable for someone whose is following a plan for coordinating resources and expenditures : suitable for one on a budget (see 1budget) : inexpensive


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