Cutting their coat according to their cloth - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
cut (one's) coat according to (one's) cloth (redirected from cutting their coat according to their cloth)
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.
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.
cut your coat according to your cloth undertake only what you have the money or ability to do and no more. proverb
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.
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Questions over the RFL's diligence not withstanding, Cullen believes it's a question of clubs taking a leaf out of the Vikings' book and cutting their coat according to their cloth
This is tragically ironic, because the majority of pensioners today have lived their lives with economic care and caution, saving where possible and 'cutting their coat according to their cloth
', as the old saying has it.