tighten (one's) belt

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tighten (one's) belt

To reduce, restrict, or limit one's budget; to live more modestly or make financial sacrifices. A: "I don't know what we'll do now that you lost your job." B: "Don't worry, we just need to tighten our belts for a while. Living on my own during college taught me how to tighten my belt and get by on not very much.
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tighten one's belt

Fig. to manage to spend less money; to use less of something. (See also take one's belt in (a notch).) Things are beginning to cost more and more. It looks like we'll all have to tighten our belts. Times are hard, and prices are high. I can tighten my belt for only so long.
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tighten one's belt

Spend less, be more frugal, as in Business has been bad, so we'll have to tighten our belts. This metaphoric term alludes to pulling in one's belt after losing weight from not having enough to eat. [First half of 1900s]
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tighten your belt

COMMON If you tighten your belt, you make an effort to spend less money. Clearly, if you are spending more than your income, you'll need to tighten your belt. He recently announced the club will have to tighten its belt next season, saying he will lower wages and sell players. Note: You can also talk about belt tightening. Yesterday's vote means that the Greeks are prepared to accept a period of belt tightening. The nation's second largest bank announced a series of layoffs and other belt-tightening measures today to counteract heavy losses.
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tighten your belt

cut your expenditure; live more frugally.
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tighten your ˈbelt

spend less money, eat less food, etc. because there is little available: In wartime everyone has to tighten their belts.We’ll have to tighten our belts if we want to save any money for a summer break this year. OPPOSITE: throw your money about/around ▶ ˈbelt-tightening noun: Continued government belt-tightening has helped to reduce public debt.
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tighten (one's) belt

To begin to exercise thrift and frugality.
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With the world in recession, everyone has to tighten their belt.
Mark Hatton of Ernst and Young in Newcastle said the study highlighted the need for firms to tighten their belt this year.
I have directed my county secretary and the public service board to tighten their belts and ensure staff in all departments earn salaries for jobs done or get retrenched.
They forget that the Russians, Chinese and Americans will also have to tighten their belts.
Ecclestone has said he would love to see changes made whereby teams are forced to tighten their belts even further.
The grocer, which has 450 stores, has fared better than its main rivals because it sells relatively small amounts of non-food items, an area which has been hard-hit as consumers tighten their belts.
Of course, some will have to tighten their belts more than others.
Miliband then asked: "Is it really a wise judgment, when he is telling everybody to tighten their belts, to put his own personal photographer on the civil service payroll?
The Wilko label includes biscuits, crisps, sweets and cereal bars and comes as families tighten their belts.
Even with small increases, NHS services everywhere will have to tighten their belts just to meet demand.
More than 20% of the public say the recession has forced them to tighten their belts when thinking of donating to good causes, according to research from Children's Hospices
As the recession bites, local councils are having to tighten their belts in exactly the same way that hard-pressed families are.
Clothing and fashion (61% of those surveyed), is the main sector in which people are starting to tighten their belts followed by entertainment and leisure (52%), and household goods (51%).
YOUNG mothers have been learning how to tighten their belts and boost family finances at money management workshops.
FEARS of a recession are causing consumers to tighten their belts and save more, research showed today.