tighten one's belt
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British pronunciation/tˈaɪtən wˈɒnz bˈɛlt/
American pronunciation/tˈaɪʔn̩ wˈʌnz bˈɛlt/
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to lessen the amount of money or resources one uses compared to before, particularly due to having less available

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to [tighten] {one's} belt definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "tighten one's belt" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "tighten one's belt" can be traced back to the practice of tightening one's belt to make clothing fit more snugly around the waist. This phrase is used to describe the act of reducing spending and living more frugally in response to financial difficulties or a need to save money.

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He tightened his belt before heading out for a run.
With unexpected medical bills, he realized he needed to tighten his belt and start budgeting more carefully.
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