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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Sure one has to cut one's cloth accordingly, but isn't Mike Ashley being "too careful" with his money?
Now, at this juncture, I could step out of myself and go off on a tangent about how you would never buy a Rolls Royce then complain to the garage that you can't afford the petrol or that one should cut one's cloth accordingly and perhaps check the dog and cat home out for a nice wee mongrel if you feel you might struggle financially to look after an expensive pedigree.