Definition of belt in English:

belt

noun

  • 1A strip of leather or other material worn, typically round the waist, to support or hold in clothes or to carry weapons.

    ‘he tightened his leather belt an extra notch’
    ‘a sword belt’
    [as modifier] ‘a belt buckle’
    • ‘Around his waist was a belt of leather and from this, herbs, and objects of all kinds hung dangling, and clattered together as he walked.’
    • ‘The belt's adjustment level allows it to be worn as a waist belt or a shoulder strap.’
    • ‘With that he drew a sword from a belt around his waist.’
    • ‘Another teaching nun, Sister Annunciata, like the others wore a long, thick, leather belt from waist to toe beside her rosary.’
    • ‘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 buckled his sword belt around his waist, and then he picked her up.’
    • ‘Snapped around his waist was a leather belt, and attached at each hip was a sheathed sword.’
    • ‘He reached to his waist and undid the belt buckle as he was talking to the corpsman.’
    • ‘He wore long black pants and a dark green shirt with a leather belt around his waist.’
    • ‘A classic-looking leather belt is around my waist, its buckle engraved with two simplified, overlapping trees.’
    • ‘He had a rugged face and wore white clothes, a red belt tied at his waist.’
    • ‘A sharp, curved dagger dangled on a leather belt at her waist.’
    • ‘Good Italian leather belts with simple buckles are now found in many stores.’
    • ‘I bought a leather belt with a heart-shaped buckle on it, from my favourite vintage clothes shop.’
    • ‘Under the cloak she wore a sienna-red dress with a leather cord belt hanging around her waist, and her golden hair was down, combed out of it's normally spiky state.’
    • ‘Cassie admired the thin white leather belt around her waist.’
    • ‘There was a brown leather belt tied around her waist and it had a place for a dagger sheath and a sword sheath.’
    • ‘As he buckled the gun belt back around his waist, feeling fully dressed again at last he suddenly stopped and sniffed at the air.’
    • ‘Her hand strayed to the hilt of the small dagger that hung from a black leather belt about her waist at all times, and she took three wary paces forward.’
    • ‘She threw on her silver bangle bracelets and grabbed her leather coat, not bothering to zip it up or tie the black leather belt at the waist.’
    girdle, sash, strap, cummerbund, waistband, band, girth
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    1. 1.1
      short for seat belt
      • ‘Inspector Lyons urged motorists to use their belts and in particular children in the rear seats.’
      • ‘The belt locked sign went off and everybody immediately began getting up.’
      • ‘The seatbelt signal came on and everyone strapped on their belts.’
      • ‘Fasten your three-point seatbelts in the Exige and the four-point belts in the Cup 240 and look in the mirrors.’
      • ‘Volvo introduced two design concepts at the show, seeking consumer input on the comfort and user friendliness of the belts.’
      • ‘Pupils have reserved seats fitted with belts and have to sign a code of conduct, with their parents, before they are allowed a place on the buses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With the inertia reel belts used in cars nowadays, it is vital to ensure the belt is pulled very, very tightly around the seat to ensure it stays tight and the seat cannot wobble.’
      • ‘Why then has the commercial market been held back, all these years, to 2-and 3-point belts?’
      • ‘The vehicle's rear seat has two sets of four-point belts and is designed to set one adult or two children.’
      • ‘The seat belt sign blinked off meaning it was safe to un-buckle the belts.’
      • ‘Ryder then jumped into the back seat, shimmying into the middle and buckling up the waist belt.’
    2. 1.2A belt worn as a sign of rank or achievement.
      ‘he was awarded the victor's belt’
      • ‘They often wear colourful clothing and belts to distinguish which rank they are in the Chiui hierarchy.’
      • ‘Holyfield, who has said he will not retire until he reclaims the IBF, WBC and WBA title belts, hopes the bout will move him closer to a championship bout.’
      • ‘The accomplishment was fine no matter how it is put, but the factor that made it historical was that Ruiz had a title belt.’
      • ‘The Pistons a year ago donned the title belts because they played great defense.’
      • ‘A photograph of the new Russian champion holding aloft the title belt after the fight was even submitted, complete with black eye.’
      • ‘In the Junior Taekwondo, Matthew Archer achieved his blue belt with a fantastic score of 94 per cent.’
      • ‘In 1949 those two met again in a title fight and Robinson retained his belt with a convincing unanimous decision victory.’
      • ‘If he wins any of the various title belts, he will become Scotland's eighth world champion.’
      • ‘You have to remember that the title belts are just ‘props’ and do not mean that the wrestlers are paid more or receive any other special benefits.’
      • ‘Around 1930 Jigoro Kano created a new belt to recognize the special achievements of high ranking black belts.’
      • ‘Oscar, as the WBO champion, would put an exclamation point on his career if he were able to add the other three belts to his laurels.’
      • ‘Fighters are allowed to keep the title belt after three successful defences.’
      • ‘On the line were Edge and Christian's WWF world tag-team title belts, which were suspended high above the ring.’
      • ‘The belt has been awarded to him because of his best performance and fight in India and for winning gold medals in several championships.’
      • ‘The March campaign will determine if he keeps his title belt.’
      • ‘ÒHe is free to challenge for a title fight since the belt is now being held by Chilembe.’
      • ‘Based on their level of action in recent months, it seems only a matter of time before the kin are wearing title belts.’
      • ‘Mwisa said in Kitwe yesterday that the BBC had erred by awarding Mutampuka the belt when it knew that the title belonged to him.’
      • ‘If my memory serves me correctly Carlos Rios and Jesus Chavez have won title belts since being out pointed by and TKO'd by Mayweather.’
      • ‘Such was his superiority, in fact, that when he won the event for the third time in succession in 1870, he was awarded the championship belt in perpetuity.’
    3. 1.3A belt of a specified colour, marking the attainment of a particular level in judo, karate, or similar sports.
      [as modifier] ‘brown-belt level’
      • ‘The day after Lee tested for her yellow belt, the first level of advancement, she talked with her instructor about opening her own school.’
      • ‘The belt levels start at white, then, red, yellow, blue, green, brown, and then finally black.’
      • ‘For the uninitiated, most Martial Arts styles use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners.’
      • ‘And Kruger, who holds a third dan belt, said judo could put Zambia on the world map if it was given the support that soccer enjoyed.’
      • ‘To facilitate giving instructions, one of the two judoka's wears a blue judogi or a red belt.’
      • ‘Janine beat more experienced rivals to win the senior traditional Kata coloured belt section at the Yorkshire Karate Championships in Morley.’
      • ‘Some young people have learned to swim, some have gained yellow belts in karate and others have gained places on Bolton Wanderers' football in the community scheme.’
      • ‘Mikonosuke Kawaishi is generally regarded as the first to introduce various colored belts in Europe in 1935 when he started to teach Judo in Paris.’
      • ‘It doesn't occur at all unless you are watching the 6-8 year old yellow belts.’
      • ‘Coloured belts are a new phenomenon, having only been introduced in the last century.’
      • ‘His youngest, Matthew, is 10 years old and just received his yellow belt in karate.’
      • ‘Okay, so Dolph Lundgren has a third degree belt in karate, that's not too surprising.’
      • ‘One of the changes he is credited with is the introduction of many colored belts to recognize advancement in Judo.’
      • ‘A candidate for black belt will realize that the belt is not as important as the lessons learned along the way.’
      • ‘I should mention that in Canada the full range of kyu grade belt colors is used, whereas in Japan only white and brown are used.’
      • ‘I planned to take the yellow-belt test in mid-December, which is the first belt level you can achieve.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Luke, who has a yellow belt in karate and is also a keen motorcyclist, has passed the entrance test for the navy.’
      • ‘Most of them have now moved up from beginners white belt to the next level - a yellow belt.’
    4. 1.4A person who is qualified to wear a belt of a specified colour in judo, karate, etc.
      ‘Shaun became a brown belt in judo’
      • ‘I lost the finals to a yellow belt, but I liked the experience.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I might be extremely sore today, but I was still managing to mix it up quite successfully with belts of my level last night…’
      • ‘She was a low level karate belt who often missed class.’
      • ‘No wonder then that the other three international belts didn't rank him inside their top 15 places.’
    5. 1.5The punishment of being struck with a belt.
      ‘be quiet, or it's the belt’
      • ‘My handwriting was terrible and every English period without fail my teacher in my first year gave me the 'belt' until my writing improved.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I guess I cried so much thinking that I might get the belt and was teased relentlessly by the other kids that I got off with just a slap on the hand.’
      • ‘Today our psychologist will tell you how damaging it is to the child's self esteem to be punished by belt.’
      • ‘"At school there were certain teachers who you really didn’t want to get the belt from," he said.’
  • 2A continuous band of material used in machinery for transferring motion from one wheel to another.

    ‘a great wheel driven by a leather belt’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This machine consisted of 1,954 parts in a metal carrier with a continuous motor-driven belt inside a walnut cabinet.’
    • ‘The guard covering the chain drive on the belt had worn out, exposing the mechanism.’
    • ‘However, whereas the supercharger is mechanically driven by belt from the engine, the turbocharger is driven by the pressure of the exhaust gases.’
    • ‘With a simple DC motor that powers a belt transmission on the rear tire, you can use this as a pedaled bike or as a power-assisted vehicle.’
    • ‘It filled the factories with Lowry machines and their attendant web of belts, pulleys, and conveyors.’
    • ‘Squeezing into the narrow work space between the conveyor belts, their job was to shovel the stray pellets onto the belts and make sure the machinery in the tunnel ran smoothly.’
    • ‘So we stopped at a repair shop to fix the dynamo belt.’
    • ‘Faster and faster, the big belt spun, louder and louder the machinery hummed until the pitch was at its highest.’
    • ‘The cam belt of my Audi TT snapped and destroyed the engine, costing me more than £4,500.’
    • ‘VW recommends that the cam belt is checked every 20,000 miles.’
    • ‘Traditionally these machines have belts and pulleys to change increment speeds, which wouldn't change so often.’
    • ‘The unit offered on temporary loan features a ‘boat style’ cam and a belt / pulley spindle drive instead of flexible drive.’
    • ‘Unlike machinery used in textile mills, steelmaking machinery had few spinning belts that could pull workers into drive shafts.’
    • ‘A timing belt or timing chain links the crankshaft to the camshaft so that the valves are in sync with the pistons.’
    • ‘Instead of using a steel belt to transmit power, it uses a specially developed link-plate chain, ideal for high torque use.’
    band, loop, hoop, thong
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    1. 2.1A conveyor belt.
      • ‘The conveyer belt buzzed, little children cried from boredom and couples of women chattered on about their flights.’
      • ‘The company recently changed its production line operations with the installation of new conveyer belts, which resulted in the standing requirement.’
      • ‘They went round and round in a long line and then Liza talked to a man at a desk who put the suitcases onto a conveyer belt and then gave them their tickets.’
      • ‘Someone came and hand delivered them to us rather than us standing and watching the conveyer belt for almost an hour.’
      • ‘All that jostling around on conveyer belts, handling without care and being thrown in with the cargo is exhausting.’
      • ‘The hot dogs are heated at one end and sent down a conveyer belt to the other.’
      • ‘We were shepherded along to first the conveyer belt and then to the waiting taxi by a competition liaison officer.’
      • ‘The rest of the rubbish is placed onto a conveyer belt, urea is added and it is taken to the digester.’
      • ‘I gained a brief second wind and loaded the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘But downstairs, where checked luggage is scanned, only the conveyer belt had power.’
      • ‘I looked to the end of the conveyer belt where the pile of groceries were waiting to be sacked.’
      • ‘When you check in for a flight, make sure the agent tags all your suitcases before sending them down the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘And for those pre-board security checks, the entire garment may be removed and laid on the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘As I was heading for Houston, I loaded my luggage on the conveyer belt again and asked for the direction to board the next plane.’
      • ‘This company has flour on the floor and on its conveyer belts.’
      • ‘Amy laughed hysterically at her joke and placed the items on the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘The all headed to the conveyer belt and Kari grabbed her bags.’
      • ‘Emma, Death, and Muad unloaded the carts onto the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘Megan explained before leaping forward and hauling a big blue duffle bag off the conveyer belt with all the baggage on it.’
      • ‘The courier was arrested when his luggage was searched after being retrieved from a conveyer belt.’
    2. 2.2A flexible strip carrying machine-gun cartridges.
      • ‘Putting his training to good use, Timms had the belt fed into the machine gun, and the weapon ready, in less than a minute.’
      • ‘Others are draped in belts of machine gun bullets, or carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers over their shoulders.’
      • ‘Nearby the belts of machine gun bullets are hung up like strings of onions.’
      • ‘It is said the .50 calibre machine gun ammunition belts in Supermarine Spitfires measured exactly 27 feet.’
      • ‘We continued onwards, running from one piece of cover to the next while the machine gun chewed through belts of ammunition.’
      • ‘Despite the burden of an ammo belt and the machine gun, Archer out-ran all of the recruits.’
  • 3A strip or encircling area that is different in nature or composition from its surroundings.

    ‘the asteroid belt’
    ‘a belt of trees’
    • ‘A similar picture is seen in the Silurian, with five communities inhabiting the same area and forming concentric belts parallel to what was then the shoreline.’
    • ‘What happens when we cross the asteroid belt area, when we go out toward Jupiter?’
    • ‘South Waziristan is the largest but least developed area of the tribal belt.’
    • ‘Salt marshes cover the central belt, where there are also large phosphate deposits.’
    • ‘The coastal belt was a restricted area and written permission was needed to enter it.’
    • ‘James and Stevens attempted to identify the fourteen numbered beds in other areas of the outcrop belt.’
    • ‘The first stop by an open gate looks promising - a belt of trees dips down one steeply-shelving hillside to Whitekeld Dale, but it is draped in thick snow.’
    • ‘Our continent sits more or less astride the latitudes of the subtropical high pressure belt, an area of sinking, dry, stable air and usually clear skies.’
    • ‘Instead, that debris continued to orbit the Sun, most of it between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, a region known as the asteroid belt.’
    • ‘Apart from Strathmore and Buchan, the rest - and most of the central belt - was moorland, scrub, and marsh.’
    • ‘This explains the composition of much of the asteroid belt as well as the inner planets.’
    • ‘Now I have a temporary desk space in the upstairs back room we're using as a library, very cosy and snug, and a view over the belt of woody scrubland at the back of the estate.’
    • ‘The country has four distinct geographical areas: the coastal belt, the forested region, the savannah zone, and the sandy zone.’
    • ‘A similar observation led Hart to average his data for species composition in circumpolar belts.’
    • ‘He added that even within Scotland, costs differ considerably between farmers in the central belt and Highlands.’
    • ‘Rosetta will leave the benign environment of near-Earth space to the dark, frigid regions beyond the asteroid belt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bodies of the men, believed to be in their 40s and from the central belt area of Scotland, were found by mountain rescuers yesterday morning.’
    • ‘Because they were formed in two very different areas, the planetesimals in the two belts have different compositions.’
    • ‘I accessed the waypoint system, and put in the central coordinates for the asteroid belt.’
    region, area, district, zone, sector, province, quarter, pocket, enclave, territory, neighbourhood, locality
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  • 4informal A heavy blow.

    ‘she administered a good belt with her stick’
    • ‘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.’
    blow, punch, smack, crack, slap, bang, thump, knock, rap, thwack, box
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verb

  • 1[with object and adverbial] Fasten with a belt.

    ‘she belted her raincoat firmly’
    • ‘"Ready?" he asked as she belted her coat.’
    • ‘She belted her drab-coloured trench coat firmly around her–she would need its strong, deep pockets to carry any stones she did find–and slipped quietly onto the landing.’
    • ‘He belted his jacket with a gold girdle.’
    fasten, tie, bind
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    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial]Be fastened with a belt.
      ‘the jacket belts at the waist’
      • ‘He was not particularly graceful. [His kimono] was loosely belted and more than half open.’
      • ‘Alesso, dressed in a flowing white tunic belted at the waist with gold, and shod with golden sandals, leant out to catch the fleeing Daphne around the waist.’
      • ‘A tulip-shaped skirt, a blouse with enormous sleeves belted at the waist, teetering platform courts and matt tights in white, black or grey.’
      • ‘She wore a long white shirt, loose and soft, belted around her waist.’
      • ‘Simple clothing - loose black trousers and a dark grey jacket, belted at the waist.’
      • ‘She wore close fitting leggings, deep mauve in color, and a long, loose-fitting blouse that was gathered and belted at her waist.’
      • ‘This was belted, and a drawstring pouch was suspended from this containing, perhaps, his rosary and few meagre belongings.’
      • ‘If Jerin needed me, however, I intended to use the weapon belted at my waist.’
      • ‘They'd break pieces out and let it fall down to the beach, or some would have bags belted around their waists, one on each side of them to put the rock in.’
      • ‘The man was dressed plainly; a pair of soft trousers tucked into well-worn boots and a faded tunic belted at the waist with an aged leather thong.’
      • ‘He was dressed in a traditional Akrian outfit, with high-collars, long sleeves and a tunic that reached to his knees and belted at the waist.’
      • ‘She was wearing only dark green breeches, belted around her waist and fastened just above the knees by gold clasps.’
      • ‘Her gun, belted at her waist, dug painfully into his leg, and Max winced.’
      • ‘It was a long robe, dark blue with silver trim and belted at the waist by a black belt with a silver buckle in the shape of a wolf's head.’
      • ‘He wasn't wearing the flowing robes of the female, but a white tunic, belted at his waist with white gold along with black leggings.’
      • ‘They wore heaving broadswords belted on at the waist.’
      • ‘She looked magnificent in a deep purple shirt, belted at the waist, a black velvet turban hat, a necklace of Christ on the cross.’
      • ‘Maruka wore a simple day-dress uniform: a sleeveless black and white mini-dress belted at the waist worn with knee-high socks and ballerina flats.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They too wore red tunics, belted at the waist with a black belt.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Secure or attach with a belt.
      ‘he was securely belted into the passenger seat’
      • ‘A law requiring that children be belted in safety seats takes effect today.’
      • ‘Wear your seat belt and ensure that all your passengers are properly belted.’
      • ‘After a struggle the man, who is 6ft 4in tall, was belted into his seat.’
      • ‘After we'd both finished belting ourselves in, he began to drive.’
      • ‘My two year old is not a big girl, but if she falls asleep her feet dangle off the front of the stroller, whether she's belted or not, laid back or sitting up.’
      • ‘Too many children injured each year in accidents had not been belted in at all.’
      • ‘The seat is stiff, and the driver is belted in very tight.’
      • ‘Having an air bag was associated with an 8% reduction in the risk of death, whether the driver was belted or not’
      • ‘She threw a worn leather book-bag into the passenger seat and belted herself in.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Alex made sure her little brother was safely belted in in her 88 Toyota Land cruiser.’
      • ‘He had to belt the girl in more tightly so that she would not slide.’
  • 2[with object] Beat or strike (someone), especially with a belt as a punishment.

    ‘I was belted and sent to my room’
    • ‘He tried to slug her, but Al belted him the groin, a convenient target from where he was seated.’
    • ‘When I was a boy in the Vale of Leven 60 years ago I was regularly belted at school by vindictive teachers.’
    • ‘He went on to express a personal view that he supported the Bill and that he saw a need for a clear statement that belting a child is a criminal offence.’
    • ‘Severely shaking a child's head or belting a child across the head can result in haemorrhages, spinal and internal injuries, brain damage, delays in motor development and possibly death.’
    • ‘Both times I was belted it was for transgressions committed by other children.’
    • ‘When the second was over he belted me across the face.’
    • ‘My great-grandfather would have belted him for swearing at a lady.’
    • ‘The four armed blacks were belting Constable Murray who was on foot.’
    • ‘As I struggle to find a way to sit up, I realize he's just belted me.’
    • ‘He took a lunge towards his lead horse and, unfortunately, that horse belted him one and fractured his jaw.’
    • ‘Well, as you can see - I'm sorry to be out of breath, but somebody belted me in the stomach during that.’
    • ‘I give Titus a lot of credit for exhibiting as much self-control as he did and not belting Ray on the spot.’
    • ‘On Friday night TV3 late news played the footage of that guy belting him at least three times.’
    • ‘Actually people seeing her like that were prone to thinking I was belting her about.’
    • ‘The 41-year-old man belted his three-year-old son across his backside with his hand at a shopping centre in Chorlton, Manchester.’
    • ‘Another participant reported being belted by the teachers for speaking Spanish in school.’
    • ‘We are not into battle re-enactment, going round belting each other, we are concerned about what life was like.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is much better to prevent serious injury to a child than to prosecute a parent for causing brain damage to a child by belting them around the head.’
    • ‘I had a fight with him, I belted him, and that was that.’
    hit, strike, smack, slap, bang, beat, punch, thump, welt
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    1. 2.1Hit (something) hard.
      ‘he belted the ball downfield’
      • ‘He then received a pass from Gaul and belted a ball towards an apparently barren goal only to see Christy Kealy appear to divert it out the field.’
      • ‘Ricardo ran forward and belted the ball low past David James.’
      • ‘McGuinn scored twice and his scores equalled in quality by Davey, who belted the ball between the uprights after 20 minutes.’
      • ‘He has a simple logic, which is to belt the ball, as often and as fiercely as possible.’
      • ‘He vented his frustration a couple of games into the second set, missing a volley and then belting the ball into the crowd.’
      • ‘Given a similar opportunity in the Hawick half, Hodgkinson - broken nose and all - belted the killer blow.’
      • ‘Beckham belts the ball from the right-hand corner.’
      • ‘And it's also safer than having five-year-olds belting tennis balls around the room.’
      • ‘However, the top three are players with the ability to really belt the ball.’
      • ‘Aidrian McLoughlin strode up and belted a superb shot into the roof of the net.’
      • ‘There is not, alas, any great technical explanation forthcoming as just to why such a small man should belt the ball such a long distance.’
      • ‘Two or three players were belting balls into the distance.’
      • ‘This genial cricketer has also shown that a batsman does not have to really belt the ball to emerge a match-winner.’
      • ‘Dean belted the ball downfield and over the Edinburgh line.’
      • ‘This was quite fortunate as I seemed to belt balls in every direction apart from directly ahead.’
      • ‘But above all, and most memorably, he ran down the pitch and just belted the length ball back over the bowler's head.’
      • ‘He is big and powerful and can belt the ball for all he is worth.’
      • ‘But, just before the final whistle, it was Hawes again who belted the ball goal-bound only to see it hit a defending foot.’
      • ‘Presented with a series of tricky problems, the Scud decided to play safe and run like the clappers, and just belt the ball for all he was worth.’
      • ‘He belted the first ball he faced over mid-on for four and was then run out, stepping out of the crease even though he had a runner.’
  • 3informal [no object, with adverbial of direction] Rush or dash in a specified direction.

    ‘he belted out of the side door’
    • ‘Skiing, the noble art of belting down a mountain on two planks while three sheets to the wind, will never be the same again.’
    • ‘It's highly likely, therefore, that if you happen to see anyone belting down the slopes this winter sporting the familiar old straight-up-and-down skis, then it will be your dad.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You would have to be truly belting through the place at a rate of knots to do it 7 minutes.’
    1. 3.1(of rain) fall hard.
      ‘the rain belted down on the tin roof’
      • ‘Ah, Washington when the cherry blossom is in bloom: when it can be a sunny balmy 21 degrees one day and belting with rain the next.’
      • ‘The steady rain was not doing the pitch too much harm but just a couple of hours before kick-off it absolutely belted down.’
      • ‘And somewhere - I can't remember where we'd got to - this thunderstorm came and it belted down.’
      • ‘Rain started to belt down as City continued to knock on the door.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many said that when the rain started to belt down in the second half hundreds of ‘so-called fans’ drifted away.’
      • ‘All this seasonal picture-painting is, by the way, supposed to distract me from the fact that it is in fact belting down great gusts of rain outside my window right now.’
      • ‘The rain was beginning to belt down now in a devastating flurry, as if the heavens themselves were at war with this battered earth.’

Phrases

  • below the belt

    • Disregarding the rules; unfair.

      ‘she said one of them had to work; Eddie thought that was below the belt’
      • ‘Nice thought, but possibly a little too below the belt for me.’
      • ‘She said: ‘They're a little below the belt occasionally, but he does have a great sense of humour.’’
      • ‘So, there was no way that anything was underhand or anything was below the belt or anything was conspired or lied to.’
      • ‘If they're seen as unfair, as below the belt, as smear tactics, they can backfire on the candidate in the long term.’
      • ‘There was a very derogatory comment made about a particular person and it was below the belt, it wasn't acceptable and should never have gone out.’
      • ‘That was below the belt as far as I was concerned.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This pushes my experimental colleagues beyond their already strained limits of patience, for it is both wrong and completely below the belt.’
      • ‘But Americans don't see the candidate's ads as below the belt, but as welcome information about a man they don't know who is running for president.’
      • ‘To be honest, I have always known that the insult was rather below the belt.’
      • ‘When you raise money for people and then to have it slapped back in your face - it is just below the belt.’
      • ‘I grunted, sticking my nose into the air, ‘that was a tad below the belt, wasn't it’’
      • ‘The issue of curbing so-called ‘below the belt’ attacks would have made sense if the issues were really below the belt - that is, if they had to do with such things as affairs and infidelities.’
      • ‘Apparently animal analogies are just below the belt.’
      • ‘Even by the standards of centuries of accumulated mudslinging, however, the President's latest outburst was a bit below the belt.’
      • ‘He stressed: ‘This insult was way below the belt, untrue and unjust.’’
      • ‘To attack others when they are weak and low is just below the belt.’
      • ‘Samantha is so frighteningly polite that to pose cynical questions seems rather below the belt.’
      • ‘They say that to err is but human and no argument can be made against that, but to publicly castigate and besmirch former colleagues and associated staff in an attempt to alleviate criticism strikes well below the belt.’
      • ‘Legislation relating to Social Employment Schemes, introduced with very little fanfare and even less protest back in April 2000, due to kick into action this year is very much below the belt for the long-term unemployed.’
      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, underhanded
      a bit much, not on, low-down, dirty
      out of order, a bit thick, not cricket
      over the fence
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  • belt and braces

    • (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’
      • ‘It may be an attempt at a get out or a legal belt and braces against inevitable environmental criticism if the plan is approved.’
      • ‘I think that you will agree that we have taken a belt and braces approach in attempting to guarantee your worst case bottom line profit.’
      • ‘I believe that my amendment does give belt and braces to ensure that in the very rare likelihood that that happened, there would at least be a court registrar or District Court judge ensuring that the proper process had taken place.’
      • ‘Yet in spite of this belt and braces approach, with those who can influence such situations expressing concerns, we had this situation.’
      • ‘‘I have taken a belt and braces approach to make it absolutely safe and legal,’ he said.’
      • ‘I suspect it may turn out to be a belt and braces kind of problem.’
      • ‘It is very much a belt and braces approach in relation to derivatives.’
      • ‘In a belt and braces recommendation, the report suggests that people use a hands-free kit while ensuring that the phone is not placed in contact with other parts of the body.’
      • ‘Essentially, its a belt and braces approach,’ Chief Inspector Ashcroft told us.’
      • ‘Honestly, how much belt and braces does the Minister need to give himself to keep the Government safe?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But we used to have a belt and braces approach-not just detonators on the line to give an audible warning, but also a lookout, and often derailers, which would stop anything getting near the worksite.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a belt and braces move, the caveats have been removed from the Attorney General's legal advice. Lying by omission is still lying.’
  • tighten one's belt

    • Cut one's expenditure; live more frugally.

      ‘she said the poor must tighten their belts’
      • ‘The end of the housing boom alone will not sink the British consumer, although he will have to tighten his belt - the continued dismantling of the free-market heritage of the 1980s is the real threat.’
      • ‘But, are we tightening our belt before we need to?’
      • ‘It all depends on what sort of lifestyle you lead, the financial commitments you have and the extent to which you could tighten your belt if you had to.’
      • ‘The company has never been one for tremendous excess, and we tightened our belt and came out the other side.’
      • ‘If you're overspending then you'll know it's time to tighten your belt, cut back on the non-essentials and get out of debt.’
      • ‘If you're in the slightest bit worried about all the doom and gloom over a possible house price crash and your finances are already stretched, then consider whether it is time to tighten your belt now - even though Christmas is looming.’
      • ‘We will probably have to tighten our belt to some extent, but I don't anticipate it being too grave.’
      • ‘Sometimes small savings send a signal that we really need to tighten our belt.’
      • ‘It's time to tighten my belt financially and I frankly cannot afford to buy everything I see.’
      • ‘‘The first thing that happens when you tighten your belt is the ad revenues start to go away:’ says Robertson.’
      • ‘But I also believe it is a good thing, every now and then, to be forced to tighten one's belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Vera adds: ‘There may be changes with staff because the wage bill is so high that we have to start looking where we can tighten our belt.’’
      • ‘He went on to say that any use of taxpayers money brought with it great responsibility, especially in a time when we must collectively tighten our belt.’
      • ‘You should tighten your belt in every other area you can, but increase your promotion and sales efforts, including advertising.’
      • ‘‘There's not much you can do, other than to tighten your belt and get through the period,’ said the general manager of the Westin Convention Center Hotel.’
      • ‘Robbins thinks Johnston needs to tighten his belt a lot more to have credibility with employees.’
      • ‘My grandfather was a prosperous rancher and although he may have had to tighten his belt, the family never went hungry or faced the danger of losing their land.’
      • ‘Anyone would be ill at ease at having to tighten their belt by 30 percent.’
      economize, cut back, make cutbacks, make cuts, retrench, husband one's resources, budget, be economical, be more economical, make economies, be thrifty, be sparing, be frugal, buy cheaply, buy more cheaply, use less, decrease wastage, reduce wastage, scrimp, scrimp and save, scrimp and scrape, cut corners, draw in one's horns, count the pennies, count your pennies, watch the pennies, watch your pennies
      cut expenditure, cut costs
      pinch the pennies, pinch your pennies
      rake and scrape
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  • under one's belt

    • 1Safely or satisfactorily achieved, experienced, or acquired.

      ‘he now has almost a year as minister under his belt’
      • ‘I expected to see a fair amount of the real world in this job, can't say I'm unhappy to have that experience under my belt.’
      • ‘Collectively, the band members have a ton of live show experience under their belt and they know what makes for an invigorating show.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘The preference is for employees with experience under their belt and who are fluent in English and can converse in at least another language, be it German, Italian or French.’
      • ‘With the experience of four restorations under their belt, the couple couldn't resist the temptation of renovating Trenabie Mill.’
      • ‘With that experience under his belt, he should now be able to go one better.’
      • ‘A very low-paid career, to be sure, but by the time I got my ‘first’ job I had years of teaching experience and several courses under my belt.’
      • ‘My swing is really solid if not better and to go with that I've got another year's experience under my belt.’
      • ‘Staerk has 21 years experience under his belt and has worked on over 50 campaigns since 1983.’
      • ‘I've got six years experience of this industry under my belt, so now I'm just going to go for it.’
      • ‘Heriot's have the depth of talent to mount a real challenge this year aided by the fact that their twin coaches now have one season of experience under their belt at this level.’
      • ‘And, even when you've landed your dream job, there's no harm in getting a bit more work experience under your belt.’
      • ‘By 19, I had labour organising experience under my belt.’
      • ‘These days, with a bit more experience under my belt, I tend to think that knowing the problem and being sensitive to it is solution enough.’
      • ‘We believe there will be a 400 metre portage involved so it is important to get the experience under our belt.’
      • ‘After I interviewed, they offered me the position, I am told, because I had almost 30 years of African experience under my belt and that I was the most qualified candidate.’
      • ‘The idea is to get some experience under your belt, make some cash and take pleasure in what you're doing.’
      • ‘After the disappointment of losing the final last year to Kildare, the girls will be heading East with that experience under their belt and will be a much more formidable team this time.’
      • ‘He had 25 years of experience under his belt and insisted he'd move as long as there was a suitable alternative.’
      • ‘Jean has a wealth of experience under her belt and understands perfectly the self-consciousness and reserve that some aspiring writers might feel.’
    • 2(of food or drink) consumed.

      ‘Gus already had a large brandy under his belt’
      • ‘With a few drinks under his belt he decides to remedy his silent solitude by going to sit at the bar.’
      • ‘With a few drinks under his belt, my dad became gregarious and charming - telling jokes and flirting.’
      • ‘Metaphorically, with the traditional whiskey under his belt and a shillelagh under his arm, he sets the tone of the play and from there it never looks back.’
      • ‘It felt good to be sitting here, with the pleasant sound of rain on the roof, the drink under his belt linking him as always to his other being, relaxed, conversing with this intelligent young lady.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • belt something out

    • Sing or play a song loudly and forcefully.

      ‘she belted out classics for half an hour’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The farm girl from Oklahoma has a fantastic voice, and, while her performance was a tad subdued, she can probably belt it out with the best of them.’
      • ‘From old melodies to hits from latest films, all popular requests are belted out by crooners till late in the night.’
      • ‘I had an ‘Easy to Play Abba’ piano book and spent many an hour in the 1980s, belting these tunes out, to the probable dismay of my neighbours.’
      • ‘You feel more passionate when you're belting it out.’
      • ‘The ditties were belted out by participants in the town's attempt to set a world record for karaoke singing.’
      • ‘When it comes to singing head-banging metal, he can belt it out with the best.’
      • ‘The singing is all really high and I'm belting it out all the way through.’
      • ‘There's a clarity and delicacy to her voice in the quiet moments, then suddenly, in the same song, we are into overdrive and she is belting it out like Edith Piaf.’
      • ‘Most of the fans sat crossed-legged in front of the stage and listened intently as the tunes were belted out.’
      • ‘His voice was a raspy clarion, hoarse from a lifetime of belting it out.’
      • ‘I've seen them very comfortable on stage, with their guitars on their laps, drinking beer and belting it out.’
      • ‘Only when she's dancing does she feel this free, and so she breaks out of the ‘proper singing’ straitjacket and belts the words out.’
      • ‘She grabbed a hairbrush to be a microphone for her as she belted the song out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Vancouver, it has never mattered much which song you sang, so long as you belted it out loud.’
      • ‘Bond's raw, resilient voice belies his 65 years and he belts it out with a vitality that would shame most 50-year-olds.’
      • ‘She belted the song out, and Dave stood up in awe.’
      • ‘Although Amp's singing voice is raspy and slight, perhaps not as strong as those of some of the vocalists he works with, he still belts it out throughout this record, completing the circle as performer and producer.’
      sing loudly, carol, trill, yodel
      perform, render
      troll
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  • belt up

    • 1[usually in imperative]Be quiet.

      ‘for God's sake, belt up’
      • ‘I think I may have given her a steely glare or told her to belt up.’
      • ‘So maybe we should just belt up and show you the script.’
      • ‘He is the last person in the world to ever contemplate telling the President to belt up!’
      • ‘Somebody should have told him to belt up.’
      • ‘She complained about it being a bit painful but as true caring parents, we told her to belt up and get to bed.’
      be quiet, quieten down, be silent, fall silent, hush, stop talking, hold your tongue, keep your lips sealed
      shut up, shut your face, shut your mouth, shut your trap, button your lip, pipe down, cut the cackle, put a sock in it, give it a rest
      shut your gob, wrap it up, wrap up
      save it, can it
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    • 2Put on a seat belt.

      ‘all youngsters will have to belt up in cars, vans, and lorries’
      • ‘A family touched by tragedy are backing an Essex Police campaign to urge car users to belt up.’
      • ‘But while the vast majority belt up, many motorists still let their family dog sit on the back, or even front seat, or lie unrestrained in the boot of their estate car, according to breakdown service Autonational Rescue.’
      • ‘We want people to feel uncomfortable if they have not belted up; wearing a seat belt is part of driving,’ she said.’
      • ‘But when the seatbelt law actually took effect in 1983, there was a sharp rise in the number of people belting up, with 94 per cent obeying the new law.’
      • ‘Since the days when Jimmy Savile exhorted us to ‘clunk, click, every trip - even if it's just around the corner ’, the need to belt up in the car has become ingrained in the British psyche.’
      • ‘Women are also more conscientious when it comes to belting up.’
      • ‘The joint police and council operation to reduce deaths on Bromley's roads came after new research showed one in three people in cars do not belt up.’
      • ‘The commercial is firmly aimed at encouraging young people to be more conscientious about road use and for all persons in the car to belt up for every journey.’
      • ‘He asks drivers to ensure that all passengers and drivers are all belted up especially children on school runs in the car.’
      • ‘Youngsters at 22 schools have taken a leaflet home to their parents, encouraging adults and children to belt up, and another leaflet about how to fit child safety seats.’
      • ‘A mum fined when police spotted one of her children not wearing a seatbelt is urging others 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.’
      • ‘They are more likely to belt up in the back of a car than men, and also more likely to refuse to carry passengers who won't wear their seatbelts.’
      • ‘Wiltshire police have drawn attention to a change in the law covering exemptions from wearing seatbelts, which means drivers will have to belt up if their stops are more than 50 metres apart.’
      • ‘Heather and her husband are backing an Essex Police campaign urging car users to belt up.’
      • ‘They walked to his car in silence, sliding in and belting up in the same way.’
      • ‘The family of a teenager killed in an horrific crash are urging drivers to belt up as police launch a new seatbelt campaign today.’
      • ‘Virtually everyone now belts up as a matter of routine, and road casualties have been slashed as a result.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite the introduction 20 years ago of the law obliging front-seat occupants of a vehicle to wear a seatbelt, around 15 per cent of passengers still fail to belt up.’

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin, from Latin balteus girdle.

Pronunciation:

belt

/bɛlt/