cut (one's) coat according to (one's) cloth

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cut (one's) coat according to (one's) cloth

To shop or act in accordance with one's financial limitations. You'll go bankrupt unless you start cutting your coat according to your cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

cut one's coat according to one's cloth

 and cut one's coat to suit one's cloth
Prov. to plan one's aims and activities in line with one's resources and circumstances. We would like a bigger house, but we must cut our coat according to our cloth. They can't afford a vacation abroad—they have to cut their coat according to their cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

cut your coat according to your cloth

undertake only what you have the money or ability to do and no more. proverb
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut

ˌcut your ˈcoat acˌcording to your ˈcloth

(saying) do only what you have enough money to do and no more: This has not been a good year for us financially, and we must be prepared to cut our coat according to our cloth.
See also: accord, cloth, coat, cut
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Imran Khan and his party should have to cut their coat according to their cloth,' he remarked.
While it is admirable for successful private companies to subsidise their staff canteens if they wish to do so, governments who are preaching austerity need to cut their coat according to their cloth.
Coleman remains steadfast in his opinion that the club must continue to cut their coat according to their cloth, saying: "This year because of the state of our squad in terms of injuries it is very important that we bring people in but we cannot go down the road of paying inflated prices.
The council and the assembly have to cut their coat according to their cloth and if that means forgoing some of their grandiose schemes, so be it.
At least the Tories have cut their coat according to their cloth.
Despite being forced to cut their coat according to their cloth the Wasps have acquired Gareth Hutchison to bolster their attack, and the former Falkirk frontman crowned his debut with three goals within the first quarter of an hour of a friendly with Stirling Albion last week.