cut your cloth

cut (one's) cloth

To act in accordance with one's limitations, often financial. Primarily heard in UK. You'll go bankrupt if you don't start cutting your cloth.
See also: cloth, cut

cut your cloth

mainly BRITISH
If you cut your cloth according to your situation, you limit what you do to take account of the resources you have. Ford would be forced to cut its cloth according to the demands of the market. The Government would have to cut its cloth and eliminate programmes which were not used. Note: You can also say that you cut your coat according to your cloth, with the same meaning. Organisations which are supported by the taxpayer must cut their coats according to their cloth.
See also: cloth, cut
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If money doesn't come in, you have got to cut your cloth accordingly.
READING Mayor Anderson's letter (Answer for Maeve, ECHO letters, April 4), the Mayor explains his spending, saying you have to cut your cloth accordingly, but the concern a lot of people have is that he is trying to cut a suit for Cyril Smith when he only has enough for Norman Wisdom.
If you don't have someone there to pump the money in you have to cut your cloth accordingly, but it's very difficult these days to get everything right.
McCarthy said: "With Dave, his record has been excellent but like everyone else, you have to cut your cloth accordingly.
I call on all politicians cut your cloth to suit the times.
You cut your cloth accordingly, That's something you'd often say, I didn't understand what you meant, Until the day you passed away.
1 CUT YOUR CLOTH ACCORDINGLY "This is absolutely vital," says Paul Blake.
You've got to cut your cloth accordingly and if that means giving up your own little luxuries then that is what you do.
Thompson stormed: "You have to cut your cloth accordingly, but I think we've probably got the lowest wage bill in the division.
McGhee said: "You have to cut your cloth according when there is not much money to spend, but I feel Mixu represents good value for money.