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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"I understand they need to cut their cloth accordingly, it's just unfortunate the way it happened.
"I think what Steve has done is cut his cloth according to the rules and the football club have cut their cloth according to the rules and he's stuck with the rules and worked within the rules of the EFL.
That has left the Bennetts to continue as owners, while slashing the budget, and the Heed will have to cut their cloth accordingly.
He said the club would have to cut their cloth accordingly for the new season as they bid to make a quick-fire return to League One.
MOSS Bros are the latest retailers to cut their cloth in the high street slump.
"In most cases both parties have to cut their cloth after separation."
Vice-chancellors will still have to cut their cloth - but the squeeze on their finances won't be anything like it could have been had ministers pushed ahead with original plans.
WE write story after story about council cutbacks and how they must cut their cloth accordingly.
Other high earners like Djibril Cisse, Jay Bothroyd and DJ Campbell have all left this summer as Rangers begin to cut their cloth ahead of life in the Championship.
Wade added: "Every club has had to cut their cloth a bit more, from the top down.
Like most businesses, Warwickshire have had to cut their cloth in recent years and all areas of the club can expect to come under some scrutiny.
The Crues have had to cut their cloth in recent times and although Seaview boss Stephen Baxter will be desperate to keep hold of his prize assets, a concrete offer may be too good to turn down.
Everybody is having to cut their cloth, and Aintree is no exception."
"Many businesses cut their cloth accordingly at the beginning of the recession and that has meant that a lot of companies have not had to make as many redundancies as they might have first feared.
Bill Kenwright and David Moyes have always cut their cloth accordingly.