cut (one's) cloth

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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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Frontman Chad Ubovich cut his cloth in various LA bands, all the while writing and recording music good enough to win attract the attention of Ty Segall.
I feel sorry for Dave Jones, who needs to plan for next season and cut his cloth accordingly.
However, Big Sam, who must cut his cloth accordingly at Ewood Park, may offer to pay a percentage of his salary in a season-long loan deal in order to ease the financial nightmare facing the Magpies due to relegation to the Championship.
Though the Yeltz, unlike the vast majority of non-League clubs, are debt-free, money is becoming tighter and manager O'Connor accepts he might have to cut his cloth accordingly.
The last of the old school - Josh had no truck with new-fangled training methods - he has brought a great deal to the sport and never cut his cloth to fit current fashions of thinking.
SO James Bond has been hit in the holster by the dire world economic problems and has had to cut his cloth accordingly.
Now it seems he will have to cut his cloth even closer.
Weatherall cut his cloth as a DJ with the Boys Own collective alongside terry Farley before hooking up with Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfold with whom he remixed the Happy Monday's Gloriously subversive Madchester gospel track Hallelujah.
With Wanderers' budget slashed by at least 50 per cent from 2008, Gormley has had to cut his cloth to measure.
Friel once played for Finn Harps' youth team and progressed to cut his cloth in the Irish League with Omagh, Newry, Ballymena, Limavady and Dungannon.