tighten one's belt
phrasal to practice strict economy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tighten one's belt — {v. phr.} To live on less money than usual; use less food and other things. * /When father lost his job we had to tighten our belts./ Often used in the expression tighten one s belt another notch . * /When the husband lost his job, the Smiths had …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tighten one's belt — {v. phr.} To live on less money than usual; use less food and other things. * /When father lost his job we had to tighten our belts./ Often used in the expression tighten one s belt another notch . * /When the husband lost his job, the Smiths had …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tighten one's belt — ► tighten one s belt cut one s spending. Main Entry: ↑belt …   English terms dictionary

  • tighten one's belt — verb live frugally and use less resources In the new economy, we all have to learn to tighten our belts • Hypernyms: ↑save, ↑economize, ↑economise • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * phrasal …   Useful english dictionary

  • tighten\ one's\ belt — v. phr. To live on less money than usual; use less food and other things. When father lost his job we had to tighten our belts. Often used in the expression tighten one s belt another notch . When the husband lost his job, the Smiths had to do… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tighten one's belt — idi tighten one s belt, to respond to hardship by reducing expenditures …   From formal English to slang

  • tighten one’s belt — tv. to prepare for economies. (As if one would not be able to afford enough food to make one’s stomach press against one’s belt. See also take one’s belt in (a notch).) □ Get ready to tighten your belt. I lost my job. □ The entire country will… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • tighten one's belt — cut one s expenditure. → belt …   English new terms dictionary

  • tighten one's belt — verb To be more frugal. To make difficult economic savings due to a lowering of expected income. In the current crisis, we will have to tighten our belts …   Wiktionary

  • tighten one's belt — economize, spend less We will have to tighten our belts for awhile until the economy improves …   Idioms and examples

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