tighten (one's) belt

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tighten (one's) belt

To reduce, restrict, or limit one's budget; to live more modestly or make financial sacrifices. A: "I don't know what we'll do now that you lost your job." B: "Don't worry, we just need to tighten our belts for a while. Living on my own during college taught me how to tighten my belt and get by on not very much.
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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.
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tighten one's belt

Spend less, be more frugal, as in Business has been bad, so we'll have to tighten our belts. This metaphoric term alludes to pulling in one's belt after losing weight from not having enough to eat. [First half of 1900s]
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tighten your belt

COMMON If you tighten your belt, you make an effort to spend less money. Clearly, if you are spending more than your income, you'll need to tighten your belt. He recently announced the club will have to tighten its belt next season, saying he will lower wages and sell players. Note: You can also talk about belt tightening. Yesterday's vote means that the Greeks are prepared to accept a period of belt tightening. The nation's second largest bank announced a series of layoffs and other belt-tightening measures today to counteract heavy losses.
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tighten your belt

cut your expenditure; live more frugally.
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tighten your ˈbelt

spend less money, eat less food, etc. because there is little available: In wartime everyone has to tighten their belts.We’ll have to tighten our belts if we want to save any money for a summer break this year. OPPOSITE: throw your money about/around ▶ ˈbelt-tightening noun: Continued government belt-tightening has helped to reduce public debt.
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tighten (one's) belt

To begin to exercise thrift and frugality.
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We are told over and over again there is no money in the kitty and we have to tighten our belts if the cash for services is not to run out.
Where is all this money coming from when we are constantly being told by the Westminster and Holyrood Governments that things are tough and we should tighten our belts because we are not out of the woods yet?
But hey, if we all tighten our belts and use windmill and solar power instead of coal and gas we will survive it all.
NEW Year's Eve celebrations at the Civic Centre in Newcastle were truly amazing but it made me think about the cost of the celebrations when the government and local councils are constantly asking us to tighten our belts and are already planning to cut most of our badly needed services.
We've all had to tighten our belts and live within our means: if we truly are "all in this together", shouldn't out political leaders be showing a good example?
SIR - In this age of austerity when our coalition Government is telling us all to tighten our belts, I find it amazing that every household in Wales will receive two questionnaires, one in English and one in Welsh.
I WAS disgusted to read about the Tories' victory meal just hours after telling the rest of us we'd need to tighten our belts.
So we all have to tighten our belts to repay this vast debt, but to whom?
WHILE the rest of us tighten our belts till they are touching our spines, it's good to see times are rosy at BP.
In the meantime, as we have been told for some time now, all we can do is tighten our belts.
It will be a different configuration, and we will have to tighten our belts a little,'' executive director Barbara Howell said.
The foundation board believes its programs "strengthen and complement the role of NEPA," and the NEPA board thinks "times have been tough the past several years, we've had to tighten our belts and make cutbacks, but they're sitting on a pile of money.
We don't necessarily have to tighten our belts, but we do have to brush up our negotiating skills.