belt-tightening
noun Date: 1937 a reduction in spending

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • belt-tightening — Ⅰ. belt tightening UK US (also belt tightening) noun [U] FINANCE ► a reduction in spending by consumers, businesses, governments, etc., usually because they have financial problems: »Many independent shops are failing to make a profit during this …   Financial and business terms

  • belt-tightening — [belt′tīt΄ n iŋ] n. a reduction of expenditures; economizing adj. of or involving the reduction of expenditures [belt tightening measures] …   English World dictionary

  • belt-tightening — /belt tuyt n ing/, n. a curtailment in spending; period of economizing: The mayor ordered a belt tightening for all city offices. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • belt-tightening — /belt tuyt n ing/, n. a curtailment in spending; period of economizing: The mayor ordered a belt tightening for all city offices. [1935 40] …   Useful english dictionary

  • belt-tightening — N UNCOUNT If you need to do some belt tightening, you must spend less money and manage without things because you have less money than you used to have. The Bangladeshi government has called for severe belt tightening …   English dictionary

  • belt-tightening —  Cost cutting.  See also DOWNSIZING.  ► “And U.S. companies keep strengthening profits through belt tightening. Weyerhauser Co. is surging on sky high paper prices, yet it has just asked managers to find $600 million in operating savings over… …   American business jargon

  • belt-tightening — belt′ tight ening n. cvb a curtailment in spending • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • belt-tightening — /ˈbɛlt taɪtənɪŋ/ (say belt tuytuhning) noun measures taken to reduce expenditure …   Australian English dictionary

  • belt-tightening — noun A reduction in expenditure as a result of financial restrictions …   Wiktionary

  • belt tightening — noun : the curbing of unnecessary expenditure …   Useful english dictionary

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