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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"We cut our cloth accordingly and if things progress and if I can move things on in terms of cup competitions and if we end up getting more support, things like that, that will give me a little bit more in terms of the coffers but other than that we are sort of maxed out really.
He added he had taken the decision the Naval Service now needed to "cut our cloth to measure".
The sooner we cut our cloth according to our size the better.
"They've been trying but with little success, so it was decided yesterday that we must cut our cloth here."
"In light of the changes to the SPL rules, it is imperative that we cut our cloth to suit our income as we move forward.
"It is hard to put it into financial terms because the first thing we would have done on Monday if we didn't win was say we need to cut our cloth accordingly."
"It is hard to put it into financial terms because the first thing we would have done on Monday if we hadn't won was say we need to cut our cloth accordingly.
"If we have to cost cut across the board because we don't get up, we will cut our cloth accordingly on the basis of what income is coming in.
The rest of us will just have to cut our cloth to suit while nursing the sting of another slap in the face.
"We have plans for Teesside, but we have cut our cloth according to our means," he said.
Street said: "Finance is limiting, but times are tough and if there is a reduction in funding we have to cut our cloth accordingly and get on with it.
Mr Hanson added: "Unfortunately we have to cut our cloth to meet the current economic situation and cut 34 jobs, but the MBO has not only secured the future of the firm, we believe we can secure a greater market share and increase turnover to pounds 40m within five years."
"We have to cut our cloth accordingly, strikers like Michael Chopra, Cameron Jerome and others are moving around for pounds 4-5m and we are simply not in that market yet," said Jones.
'We will cut our cloth according to what we receive.