Definition of belt in English:
- His jerkin was decorated by a flamboyant lace frill around the neck, and like Tudor he carried a sword attached to a belt round his waist.
- He wore long black pants and a dark green shirt with a leather belt around his waist.
- He buckled his sword belt around his waist, and then he picked her up.
- Fasten your three-point seatbelts in the Exige and the four-point belts in the Cup 240 and look in the mirrors.
- Seatbelt retractors used to just roll up the belt when you weren't using it and control the slack when you were.
- In that case, it's very likely that a test conducted with our supplemental belt would have a far superior crash star rating.
- They often wear colourful clothing and belts to distinguish which rank they are in the Chiui hierarchy.
- Around 1930 Jigoro Kano created a new belt to recognize the special achievements of high ranking black belts.
- In the Junior Taekwondo, Matthew Archer achieved his blue belt with a fantastic score of 94 per cent.
- Janine beat more experienced rivals to win the senior traditional Kata coloured belt section at the Yorkshire Karate Championships in Morley.
- He also has an orange belt in judo and regularly goes hill walking.
- They had no way to defend themselves, but at least Sasaki had a high belt in karate.
- No wonder then that the other three international belts didn't rank him inside their top 15 places.
- She was a low level karate belt who often missed class.
- Giving evidence, the defendant, a judo blue belt, had told the court he had been babysitting for friends and when they returned, he went to his house for some beer.
- Today our psychologist will tell you how damaging it is to the child's self esteem to be punished by belt.
- Skyler did as he was told but grew scared when he saw his father remove his belt; he had never been punished by belt before.
- My handwriting was terrible and every English period without fail my teacher in my first year gave me the 'belt' until my writing improved.
- Machinery manufacturers use the belts in the tabber and stringer operations of their automated production machinery.
- However, if you need greater speed, you may need to change to a heavier mesh belt than you are currently using in your application.
- Later this process extends tangentially to form a continuous belt of wound cambium.
- Unlike machinery used in textile mills, steelmaking machinery had few spinning belts that could pull workers into drive shafts.
- Traditionally these machines have belts and pulleys to change increment speeds, which wouldn't change so often.
- Most of the belts are off the machines, or on idler wheels, so that when the mill is running only the machine being used is operating.
- But downstairs, where checked luggage is scanned, only the conveyer belt had power.
- The all headed to the conveyer belt and Kari grabbed her bags.
- The company recently changed its production line operations with the installation of new conveyer belts, which resulted in the standing requirement.
- Others are draped in belts of machine gun bullets, or carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers over their shoulders.
- It is said the .50 calibre machine gun ammunition belts in Supermarine Spitfires measured exactly 27 feet.
- Nearby the belts of machine gun bullets are hung up like strings of onions.
- Because they were formed in two very different areas, the planetesimals in the two belts have different compositions.
- The country has four distinct geographical areas: the coastal belt, the forested region, the savannah zone, and the sandy zone.
- The Scottish electricity network is strong in the central belt but in areas such as the Galloway hills, and the north west the same can't be said.
- I agree, back then, even when I was a kid, it was seen as the norm to discipline children with a smack or a belt with a stick, but yet they didn't grow up to be muggers or binge drinking fighters.
- Out of the clear blue he landed a belt on them and I never felt such pain.
- I quickly put a smile on my face before he gave me a belt.
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- He belted his jacket with a gold girdle.
- She belted her drab-coloured trench coat firmly around hershe would need its strong, deep pockets to carry any stones she did findand slipped quietly onto the landing.
- "Ready?" he asked as she belted her coat.
- Simple clothing - loose black trousers and a dark grey jacket, belted at the waist.
- She was wearing only dark green breeches, belted around her waist and fastened just above the knees by gold clasps.
- He was wearing a white shirt, brown woollen trousers, a navy woollen jacket belted with a black belt and the cloak the soldier had mentioned.
- The ambulance drove to the hospital slowly as a safety measure because Mr A could not be belted and was not secure in the ambulance.
- She threw a worn leather book-bag into the passenger seat and belted herself in.
- After a struggle the man, who is 6ft 4in tall, was belted into his seat.
- He tried to slug her, but Al belted him the groin, a convenient target from where he was seated.
- On Friday night TV3 late news played the footage of that guy belting him at least three times.
- In the middle of another hour long mocking taunt of his dad for how much better this war was going, his mother belted him with a cheese grater.
- Should a hammerhead or whitetip come belting along expecting a tasty snack, I was not anxious to be swept away by its enthusiasm.
- The girls belted into the wind as they sped along a country road, security close in tow, in Laurel's graduation present, a jet-black, convertible Viper with all the trimmings.
- ‘Great’ He said belting out the room and I heard him dash down the stairs.
- The horse lay there, thrashing violently, the Cowgirl, unconscious, the rains still belting on them, the funnel taking down everything in its path to their right.
- From the re-start the rain started belting down, effectively killing off any enterprising backline play and the Bulldogs pack were left to slog it out in the trenches.
- The steady rain was not doing the pitch too much harm but just a couple of hours before kick-off it absolutely belted down.
An Old English word that can be traced back to Latin balteus, ‘girdle’. It is unlawful for a boxer to land a punch below his opponent's belt, and people often use the phrase below the belt about a critical or unkind remark. Margot Asquith ( 1864–1945), wife of the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith ( 1852–1928), once remarked of another Liberal prime minister, Lloyd George ( 1863–1945): ‘He can't see a belt without hitting below it’. If you take a belt and braces approach to something you make doubly sure that nothing will go wrong. The reference is to someone so anxious that their trousers will fall down that they wear both. Belting or hitting someone with a belt, is behind the verb sense ‘to strike, hit’, and probably also the meaning ‘to move very fast’. Belt up, or ‘be quiet’, seems to have started life as RAF slang, in the 1930s.
below the belt
- Disregarding the rules; unfair: she said one of them had to work; Eddie thought that was below the belt[From the notion of an unfair and illegal blow in boxing]More example sentences
unfair, unjust, uncalled for, unjustified, unjustifiable, unacceptable, unreasonable, unsatisfactory, unwarranted, unnecessary, inequitable, off, out of turn;unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, treacherous, two-faced, unsporting, sneaky, dishonourable, dishonest, underhand, underhandedAustralian/New Zealand informal over the fence
- And every time The President attacks him in a way that's perceived as unfair or below the belt, as normal as that is in politics, and of course it is, I think it damages that perception.
- If they're seen as unfair, as below the belt, as smear tactics, they can backfire on the candidate in the long term.
- He stressed: ‘This insult was way below the belt, untrue and unjust.’
belt and braces
- 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.
tighten one's belt
- Cut one’s expenditure; live more frugally: she said the poor must tighten their beltsMore example sentences
economize, cut back, make cutbacks, make cuts, retrench, husband one's resources, budget, be (more) economical, make economies, be thrifty, be sparing, be frugal, buy (more) cheaply, use less, reduce/decrease wastage, scrimp, scrimp and save, scrimp and scrape, cut corners, draw in one's horns, count the/your pennies, watch the/your pennies;save (money), cut expenditure, cut costs;North American pinch the/your penniesblack English rake and scrape
- But, are we tightening our belt before we need to?
- If necessary, in hard times, one tightened one's belt and went without.
- ‘This time last year I could easily get through £100 a month on, say, clothes, make-up and going out to lunch on my day off with friends but I have definitely tightened my belt,’ she laments.
under one's belt
- If you're just starting out, McKendrick's advice is to do six months in one place then move on: ‘Keep doing that and you'll have valuable experience under your belt.’
- And, even when you've landed your dream job, there's no harm in getting a bit more work experience under your belt.
- The idea is to get some experience under your belt, make some cash and take pleasure in what you're doing.
- But with a few Swirlspice drinks under my belt, and the giddiness of it being the Friday of a very free weekend, I catch myself singing along, happily.
- With a few drinks under his belt, my dad became gregarious and charming - telling jokes and flirting.
- With a few drinks under his belt he decides to remedy his silent solitude by going to sit at the bar.
belt something out
- Sing or play a song loudly and forcefully: she belted out classics for half an hourMore example sentences
- The first few odd-shaped pop-rock-country songs are belted out with a large amount of energy, capturing the melodies of the original recordings but adding a dirtier, rockier feel.
- I could hear my heart pounding in my chest as he picked the song back up, belting it out and earning the cheering that he used to draw so easily.
- We somehow knew all of the words to all of the songs, and we belted them out at the top of our lungs until Jessica yelled at us to save our voices.
belt up British informal
- He is the last person in the world to ever contemplate telling the President to belt up!
- So maybe we should just belt up and show you the script.
- She complained about it being a bit painful but as true caring parents, we told her to belt up and get to bed.
- We want people to feel uncomfortable if they have not belted up; wearing a seat belt is part of driving,’ she said.
- Ford Dealers of Ireland are supporting the National Safety Council in a new seatbelt campaign aimed at encouraging the 43% of Irish motorists who never wear a seatbelt to belt up.
- More than 55,500 unborn babies could be at risk every year because mums-to-be are not belting up in their cars, fearing it could harm their children, according to new research.
Words that rhyme with beltCelt, dealt, dwelt, felt, gelt, knelt, melt, misdealt, pelt, Scheldt, smelt, spelt, svelte, veld, welt
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