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belt and braces

Definition of belt and braces in English:

British (Of a policy or action) providing double security, by using two means to the same end: the envelope was sealed with tape and staples, a real belt and braces job
[From the literal belt and braces for holding up a pair of loose trousers]
More example sentences
  • Of course that will not stop all viruses and there really is no reason why, on a computer costing many hundreds of pounds, you should not spend less than £50 on anti-virus software, belt and braces if you like.
  • It may be an attempt at a get out or a legal belt and braces against inevitable environmental criticism if the plan is approved.
  • But it has always been their way to make sure that things are done in a belt and braces way, very solid job, and plenty of agent, plenty of weapons, whatever weapons system they have developed they have always over-produced.
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