belt and braces

belt and braces

using more than one method to make sure that something is safe or sure to happen Our staff have identity cards and number codes to open doors - that's part of our belt and braces approach to security.
See also: and, belt, brace
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Now Woolybacks aren't local No, they don't live round here They come from Crewe or Khatmandu Even Lake Windermere They don't speak proper English Not like you and me And watch those Mancs from up the Lancs They still eat missionaries you see He's dead unsophisticated Says thou instead of you Belt and braces on his trousers Wears a clog and not a shoe Stuffing ferrets down his trousers Wears a cap that's flat Speaks in a foreign language Like on Ilkey Moo Bahat (What does that mean?