cut one's coat according to one's cloth

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British pronunciation/kˈʌt wˈɒnz kˈəʊt ɐkˈɔːdɪŋ tʊ wˈɒnz klˈɒθ/
American pronunciation/kˈʌt wˈʌnz kˈoʊt ɐkˈoːɹdɪŋ tʊ wˈʌnz klˈɔθ/
to cut one's coat according to one's cloth
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to live in a way that does not exceed one's financial limitations

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to [cut] {one's} coat according to {one's} cloth definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "cut one's coat according to one's cloth" and when to use it?

The idiom "cut one's coat according to one's cloth" has its origins in the world of tailoring and sewing. In the past, tailors would cut and make a coat based on the amount of cloth (fabric) available. This phrase is used to advise or remind someone to live within their means and make choices that align with their available resources or financial situation.

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As a responsible business owner, she always cuts her coat according to her cloth, avoiding unnecessary expenses.
Tom learned to cut his coat according to his cloth after facing financial difficulties due to overspending.
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