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1. To sing or talk loudly or forcefully. A noun can be used between "belt" and "out." I was amazed when that young girl walked into the audition and flawlessly belted out a Whitney Houston song without the slightest hesitation. The security guard belted instructions out at us as we pulled into the parking lot.
2. To strike someone violently. I belted out the intruder with a baseball bat, and he was still unconscious when the police arrived.
belt something out
Fig. to sing or play a song loudly and with spirit. When she's playing the piano, she really belts the music out. She really knows how to belt out a song.
belt out somethingalso belt something out
to sing loudly and with enthusiasm After five decades, Brother Ray can still belt out a soulful song.
Usage notes: sometimes used to describe enthusiastic talk: Keyes has belted out speeches warning about the need to rebuild the nation's moral fiber.
1. Knock unconscious; beat up, trounce; murder. For example, The police officer was accused of belting out the teenager before taking him to the station , or The hold-up man belted out the storekeeper and fled with the money. This expression originated in boxing. [Slang; c. 1940]
2. Sing or play music very loudly, as in She belted out the national anthem before every game. [Colloquial; c. 1950]
To sing or shout something loudly and forcefully: The singer belted out the national anthem before the baseball game. He belted his story out so that everyone in the large room could hear him.