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tighten one's belt

Fig. to manage to spend less money; to use less of something. (See also take one's belt in (a notch).) Things are beginning to cost more and more. It looks like we'll all have to tighten our belts. Times are hard, and prices are high. I can tighten my belt for only so long.
See also: belt, tighten

tighten (one's) belt

To begin to exercise thrift and frugality.
See also: belt, tighten
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Private sector workers tighten belts, public employees ponder
It is all too common to think of layoffs and reduction in staff as a way to respond to the call from senior management to tighten belts.
This is not a one-shot proposition; we're going to continue to tighten belts and stress efficiency and try to step up the pace of activity as long as I'm here.
Forest industries tighten belts for pending recession
companies tighten belts and pull back their marketing.
It is the height of hypocrisy to preach to the public sector about the need to tighten belts and spend money wisely, when this Labour Government hasn't even got its own house in order.
The financial constraints at United, where the order of the summer has been to tighten belts to the point where the club is strained to breaking point, make life that bit more difficult.
Awareness is imperative among international players and local communities to tighten belts for devastating effects of global warming in special perspective to Pakistan, he added.
Sir Michael said the moves were necessary to help tighten belts at the Beeb and restore trust in how taxpayers' cash was spent.
In an ideal world, the council would step in with some backing, but - given the need in Wirral to tighten belts to the point of pain - such support may not be forthcoming.
The findings make encouraging reading, with many small businesses suffering a in demand in industrial and consumer sectors, as businesses and people look to tighten belts.
This, when we are all told to tighten belts, and cuts will be inevitable.