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under (one's) belt

1. In one's scope of experience. Once you get a few more major league games under your belt, you'll feel more comfortable.
2. Ingested or consumed. He should be less cranky after he gets some food under his belt.
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*under one's belt

 
1. Fig. eaten or drunk and in one's stomach. (Fig. on the image of swallowed food ending up under one's belt. *Typically: get something ~; have something ~.) I need to have something filling under my belt. I've had it with just soup. I want to get a nice juicy steak under my belt.
2. Fig. achieved; counted or scored. (Fig. on {2} *Typically: have something ~.) Minnie has over four hundred wins under his belt. This fighter pilot has over 20 kills under his belt.
3. Fig. learned; mastered. (Fig. on {2}. *Typically: get something ~.) Finally, she got good painting techniques under her belt. When I get the right procedures under my belt, I will be more efficient.
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under (one's) belt

In one's possession or experience: "By his mid-teens, Liszt had three years of intensive concertizing under his belt" (Musical Heritage Review).
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