Definition of belt in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Good Italian leather belts with simple buckles are now found in many stores.’
    • ‘There was a brown leather belt tied around her waist and it had a place for a dagger sheath and a sword sheath.’
    • ‘The belt's adjustment level allows it to be worn as a waist belt or a shoulder strap.’
    • ‘Cassie admired the thin white leather belt around her waist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Snapped around his waist was a leather belt, and attached at each hip was a sheathed sword.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He buckled his sword belt around his waist, and then he picked her up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With that he drew a sword from a belt around his waist.’
    • ‘He reached to his waist and undid the belt buckle as he was talking to the corpsman.’
    • ‘As he buckled the gun belt back around his waist, feeling fully dressed again at last he suddenly stopped and sniffed at the air.’
    • ‘He wore long black pants and a dark green shirt with a leather belt around his waist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another teaching nun, Sister Annunciata, like the others wore a long, thick, leather belt from waist to toe beside her rosary.’
    • ‘A classic-looking leather belt is around my waist, its buckle engraved with two simplified, overlapping trees.’
    • ‘I bought a leather belt with a heart-shaped buckle on it, from my favourite vintage clothes shop.’
    girdle, sash, strap, cummerbund, waistband, band, girth
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    1. 1.1
      short for seat belt
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seatbelt retractors used to just roll up the belt when you weren't using it and control the slack when you were.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In that case, it's very likely that a test conducted with our supplemental belt would have a far superior crash star rating.’
      • ‘Ryder then jumped into the back seat, shimmying into the middle and buckling up the waist belt.’
      • ‘Why then has the commercial market been held back, all these years, to 2-and 3-point belts?’
      • ‘Volvo introduced two design concepts at the show, seeking consumer input on the comfort and user friendliness of the belts.’
      • ‘Inspector Lyons urged motorists to use their belts and in particular children in the rear seats.’
      • ‘The vehicle's rear seat has two sets of four-point belts and is designed to set one adult or two children.’
      • ‘The belt locked sign went off and everybody immediately began getting up.’
      • ‘The seat belt sign blinked off meaning it was safe to un-buckle the belts.’
      • ‘Fasten your three-point seatbelts in the Exige and the four-point belts in the Cup 240 and look in the mirrors.’
      • ‘The seatbelt signal came on and everyone strapped on their belts.’
    2. 1.2 A belt worn as a sign of rank or achievement.
      ‘he was awarded the victor's belt’
      • ‘Based on their level of action in recent months, it seems only a matter of time before the kin are wearing title belts.’
      • ‘Around 1930 Jigoro Kano created a new belt to recognize the special achievements of high ranking black belts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The March campaign will determine if he keeps his title belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The belt has been awarded to him because of his best performance and fight in India and for winning gold medals in several championships.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the Junior Taekwondo, Matthew Archer achieved his blue belt with a fantastic score of 94 per cent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the line were Edge and Christian's WWF world tag-team title belts, which were suspended high above the ring.’
      • ‘ÒHe is free to challenge for a title fight since the belt is now being held by Chilembe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In 1949 those two met again in a title fight and Robinson retained his belt with a convincing unanimous decision victory.’
      • ‘Fighters are allowed to keep the title belt after three successful defences.’
      • ‘The accomplishment was fine no matter how it is put, but the factor that made it historical was that Ruiz had a title belt.’
      • ‘They often wear colourful clothing and belts to distinguish which rank they are in the Chiui hierarchy.’
      title, award, accolade, honour, distinction, glory, kudos
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    3. 1.3 A 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.’
      • ‘For the uninitiated, most Martial Arts styles use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Okay, so Dolph Lundgren has a third degree belt in karate, that's not too surprising.’
      • ‘It doesn't occur at all unless you are watching the 6-8 year old yellow belts.’
      • ‘He also has an orange belt in judo and regularly goes hill walking.’
      • ‘One of the changes he is credited with is the introduction of many colored belts to recognize advancement in Judo.’
      • ‘Coloured belts are a new phenomenon, having only been introduced in the last century.’
      • ‘I planned to take the yellow-belt test in mid-December, which is the first belt level you can achieve.’
      • ‘Most of them have now moved up from beginners white belt to the next level - a yellow belt.’
      • ‘The belt levels start at white, then, red, yellow, blue, green, brown, and then finally black.’
      • ‘Janine beat more experienced rivals to win the senior traditional Kata coloured belt section at the Yorkshire Karate Championships in Morley.’
      • ‘To facilitate giving instructions, one of the two judoka's wears a blue judogi or a red belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A candidate for black belt will realize that the belt is not as important as the lessons learned along the way.’
      • ‘Luke, who has a yellow belt in karate and is also a keen motorcyclist, has passed the entrance test for the navy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They had no way to defend themselves, but at least Sasaki had a high belt in karate.’
      • ‘His youngest, Matthew, is 10 years old and just received his yellow belt in karate.’
    4. 1.4 A person who is qualified to wear a belt of a specified colour in judo, karate, etc.
      ‘Shaun became a brown belt in judo’
      • ‘No wonder then that the other three international belts didn't rank him inside their top 15 places.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5the belt The punishment of being struck with a belt.
      ‘be quiet, or it's the belt’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"At school there were certain teachers who you really didn’t want to get the belt from," he said.’
      lash, scourge, thong, strap
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  • 2A continuous band of material used in machinery for transferring motion from one wheel to another.

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

    ‘the asteroid belt’
    ‘a belt of trees’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A similar observation led Hart to average his data for species composition in circumpolar belts.’
    • ‘I accessed the waypoint system, and put in the central coordinates for the asteroid belt.’
    • ‘The coastal belt was a restricted area and written permission was needed to enter it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘James and Stevens attempted to identify the fourteen numbered beds in other areas of the outcrop belt.’
    • ‘What happens when we cross the asteroid belt area, when we go out toward Jupiter?’
    • ‘Apart from Strathmore and Buchan, the rest - and most of the central belt - was moorland, scrub, and marsh.’
    • ‘Because they were formed in two very different areas, the planetesimals in the two belts have different compositions.’
    • ‘Rosetta will leave the benign environment of near-Earth space to the dark, frigid regions beyond the asteroid belt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He added that even within Scotland, costs differ considerably between farmers in the central belt and Highlands.’
    • ‘This explains the composition of much of the asteroid belt as well as the inner planets.’
    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 quickly put a smile on my face before he gave me a belt.’
    • ‘Out of the clear blue he landed a belt on them and I never felt such pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    blow, punch, smack, crack, slap, bang, thump, knock, rap, thwack, box
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  • 1with object and adverbial Fasten with a belt.

    ‘she belted her raincoat firmly’
    • ‘He belted his jacket with a gold girdle.’
    • ‘"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.’
    fasten, tie, bind
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial Be fastened with a belt.
      ‘the jacket belts at the waist’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They wore heaving broadswords belted on at the waist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 not particularly graceful. [His kimono] was loosely belted and more than half open.’
      • ‘She wore a long white shirt, loose and soft, belted around her waist.’
      • ‘She wore close fitting leggings, deep mauve in color, and a long, loose-fitting blouse that was gathered and belted at her 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.’
      • ‘Her gun, belted at her waist, dug painfully into his leg, and Max winced.’
      • ‘This was belted, and a drawstring pouch was suspended from this containing, perhaps, his rosary and few meagre belongings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She looked magnificent in a deep purple shirt, belted at the waist, a black velvet turban hat, a necklace of Christ on the cross.’
      • ‘She was wearing only dark green breeches, belted around her waist and fastened just above the knees by gold clasps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If Jerin needed me, however, I intended to use the weapon belted at my waist.’
      • ‘Simple clothing - loose black trousers and a dark grey jacket, belted at the waist.’
      • ‘They too wore red tunics, belted at the waist with a black belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2with object Attach or secure with a belt.
      ‘he was securely belted into the passenger seat’
      • ‘The seat is stiff, and the driver is belted in very tight.’
      • ‘Wear your seat belt and ensure that all your passengers are properly belted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Having an air bag was associated with an 8% reduction in the risk of death, whether the driver was belted or not’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A law requiring that children be belted in safety seats takes effect today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Too many children injured each year in accidents had not been belted in at all.’
      • ‘He had to belt the girl in more tightly so that she would not slide.’
      • ‘She threw a worn leather book-bag into the passenger seat and belted herself in.’
  • 2with object Beat or strike (someone), especially with a belt as a punishment.

    ‘I was belted and sent to my room’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are not into battle re-enactment, going round belting each other, we are concerned about what life was like.’
    • ‘The four armed blacks were belting Constable Murray who was on foot.’
    • ‘I give Titus a lot of credit for exhibiting as much self-control as he did and not belting Ray on the spot.’
    • ‘Actually people seeing her like that were prone to thinking I was belting her about.’
    • ‘When the second was over he belted me across the face.’
    • ‘Both times I was belted it was for transgressions committed by other children.’
    • ‘Well, as you can see - I'm sorry to be out of breath, but somebody belted me in the stomach during that.’
    • ‘I had a fight with him, I belted him, and that was that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He tried to slug her, but Al belted him the groin, a convenient target from where he was seated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My great-grandfather would have belted him for swearing at a lady.’
    • ‘When I was a boy in the Vale of Leven 60 years ago I was regularly belted at school by vindictive teachers.’
    • ‘Another participant reported being belted by the teachers for speaking Spanish in school.’
    • ‘On Friday night TV3 late news played the footage of that guy belting him at least three times.’
    • ‘The 41-year-old man belted his three-year-old son across his backside with his hand at a shopping centre in Chorlton, Manchester.’
    hit, strike, smack, slap, bang, beat, punch, thump, welt
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    1. 2.1 Hit (something) hard.
      ‘he belted the ball downfield’
      • ‘And it's also safer than having five-year-olds belting tennis balls around the room.’
      • ‘This was quite fortunate as I seemed to belt balls in every direction apart from directly ahead.’
      • ‘Beckham belts the ball from the right-hand corner.’
      • ‘He vented his frustration a couple of games into the second set, missing a volley and then belting the ball into the crowd.’
      • ‘He has a simple logic, which is to belt the ball, as often and as fiercely as possible.’
      • ‘Aidrian McLoughlin strode up and belted a superb shot into the roof of the net.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is big and powerful and can belt the ball for all he is worth.’
      • ‘But above all, and most memorably, he ran down the pitch and just belted the length ball back over the bowler's head.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Two or three players were belting balls into the distance.’
      • ‘McGuinn scored twice and his scores equalled in quality by Davey, who belted the ball between the uprights after 20 minutes.’
      • ‘Ricardo ran forward and belted the ball low past David James.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This genial cricketer has also shown that a batsman does not have to really belt the ball to emerge a match-winner.’
      • ‘Given a similar opportunity in the Hawick half, Hodgkinson - broken nose and all - belted the killer blow.’
      • ‘Dean belted the ball downfield and over the Edinburgh line.’
      • ‘However, the top three are players with the ability to really belt the ball.’
      • ‘But, just before the final whistle, it was Hawes again who belted the ball goal-bound only to see it hit a defending foot.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3informal no object, with adverbial of direction Rush or dash in a specified direction.

    ‘he belted out of the side door’
    • ‘You would have to be truly belting through the place at a rate of knots to do it 7 minutes.’
    • ‘‘Great’ He said belting out the room and I heard him dash down the stairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Skiing, the noble art of belting down a mountain on two planks while three sheets to the wind, will never be the same again.’
    speed, hurry, race, run, sprint, dash, bolt, dart, rush, hasten, hurtle, career, streak, shoot, whizz, zoom, go like lightning, go hell for leather, spank along, bowl along, rattle along, whirl, whoosh, buzz, swoop, flash, blast, charge, stampede, gallop, sweep, hare, fly, wing, scurry, scud, scutter, scramble
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    1. 3.1 (of rain) fall hard.
      ‘the rain belted down on the tin roof’
      • ‘Many said that when the rain started to belt down in the second half hundreds of ‘so-called fans’ drifted away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And somewhere - I can't remember where we'd got to - this thunderstorm came and it belted down.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Rain started to belt down as City continued to knock on the door.’
      • ‘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 steady rain was not doing the pitch too much harm but just a couple of hours before kick-off it absolutely belted down.’
      • ‘The rain was beginning to belt down now in a devastating flurry, as if the heavens themselves were at war with this battered earth.’


  • below the belt

    • Disregarding the rules; unfair.

      ‘she said one of them had to work; Eddie thought that was below the belt’
      • ‘Even by the standards of centuries of accumulated mudslinging, however, the President's latest outburst was a bit below the belt.’
      • ‘To attack others when they are weak and low is just below the belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This pushes my experimental colleagues beyond their already strained limits of patience, for it is both wrong and completely below the belt.’
      • ‘So, there was no way that anything was underhand or anything was below the belt or anything was conspired or lied to.’
      • ‘Apparently animal analogies are just below the belt.’
      • ‘Samantha is so frighteningly polite that to pose cynical questions seems rather 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.’
      • ‘She said: ‘They're a little below the belt occasionally, but he does have a great sense of humour.’’
      • ‘He stressed: ‘This insult was way below the belt, untrue and unjust.’’
      • ‘To be honest, I have always known that the insult was 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.’
      • ‘Nice thought, but possibly a little too below the belt for me.’
      • ‘When you raise money for people and then to have it slapped back in your face - it is just below the belt.’
      • ‘That was below the belt as far as I was concerned.’
      • ‘I grunted, sticking my nose into the air, ‘that was a tad below the belt, wasn't it’’
      • ‘If they're seen as unfair, as below the belt, as smear tactics, they can backfire on the candidate in the long term.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      unfair, unjust, uncalled for, unjustified, unjustifiable, unacceptable, unreasonable, unsatisfactory, unwarranted, unnecessary, inequitable, off, out of turn
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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’
      • ‘Honestly, how much belt and braces does the Minister need to give himself to keep the Government safe?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yet in spite of this belt and braces approach, with those who can influence such situations expressing concerns, we had this situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is very much a belt and braces approach in relation to derivatives.’
      • ‘I suspect it may turn out to be a belt and braces kind of problem.’
      • ‘Essentially, its a belt and braces approach,’ Chief Inspector Ashcroft told us.’
      • ‘‘I have taken a belt and braces approach to make it absolutely safe and legal,’ he said.’
      • ‘In a belt and braces move, the caveats have been removed from the Attorney General's legal advice. Lying by omission is still lying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • tighten one's belt

    • Cut one's expenditure; live more frugally.

      ‘she said the poor must tighten their belts’
      • ‘Robbins thinks Johnston needs to tighten his belt a lot more to have credibility with employees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You should tighten your belt in every other area you can, but increase your promotion and sales efforts, including advertising.’
      • ‘It's time to tighten my belt financially and I frankly cannot afford to buy everything I see.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘The company has never been one for tremendous excess, and we tightened our belt and came out the other side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We will probably have to tighten our belt to some extent, but I don't anticipate it being too grave.’
      • ‘‘The first thing that happens when you tighten your belt is the ad revenues start to go away:’ says Robertson.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I also believe it is a good thing, every now and then, to be forced to tighten one's belt.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘But, are we tightening our belt before we need to?’
      • ‘If necessary, in hard times, one tightened one's belt and went without.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sometimes small savings send a signal that we really need to tighten our belt.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Anyone would be ill at ease at having to tighten their belt by 30 percent.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
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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’
      • ‘The idea is to get some experience under your belt, make some cash and take pleasure in what you're doing.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've got six years experience of this industry under my belt, so now I'm just going to go for it.’
      • ‘With that experience under his belt, he should now be able to go one better.’
      • ‘Collectively, the band members have a ton of live show experience under their belt and they know what makes for an invigorating show.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With the experience of four restorations under their belt, the couple couldn't resist the temptation of renovating Trenabie Mill.’
      • ‘Staerk has 21 years experience under his belt and has worked on over 50 campaigns since 1983.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By 19, I had labour organising experience under my belt.’
      • ‘Jean has a wealth of experience under her belt and understands perfectly the self-consciousness and reserve that some aspiring writers might feel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And, even when you've landed your dream job, there's no harm in getting a bit more work experience under your belt.’
      • ‘He had 25 years of experience under his belt and insisted he'd move as long as there was a suitable alternative.’
      • ‘My swing is really solid if not better and to go with that I've got another year's experience under my 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.’
    • 2(of food or drink) consumed.

      ‘Gus already had a large brandy under his belt’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a few drinks under his belt he decides to remedy his silent solitude by going to sit at the bar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With a few drinks under his belt, my dad became gregarious and charming - telling jokes and flirting.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • belt something out

    • Sing or play a song loudly and forcefully.

      ‘she belted out classics for half an hour’
      • ‘In Vancouver, it has never mattered much which song you sang, so long as you belted it out loud.’
      • ‘When it comes to singing head-banging metal, he can belt it out with the best.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've seen them very comfortable on stage, with their guitars on their laps, drinking beer and belting it out.’
      • ‘She grabbed a hairbrush to be a microphone for her as she belted the song out.’
      • ‘The singing is all really high and I'm belting it out all the way through.’
      • ‘She belted the song out, and Dave stood up in awe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ditties were belted out by participants in the town's attempt to set a world record for karaoke singing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His voice was a raspy clarion, hoarse from a lifetime of belting it out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You feel more passionate when you're 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bond's raw, resilient voice belies his 65 years and he belts it out with a vitality that would shame most 50-year-olds.’
      • ‘Most of the fans sat crossed-legged in front of the stage and listened intently as the tunes were belted out.’
      sing loudly, carol, trill, yodel
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  • belt up

    • 1usually in imperativeBe quiet.

      ‘for God's sake, belt up’
      • ‘Somebody should have told him 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!’
      • ‘She complained about it being a bit painful but as true caring parents, we told her to belt up and get to bed.’
      • ‘I think I may have given her a steely glare or told her to belt up.’
      be quiet, quieten down, be silent, fall silent, hush, stop talking, hold your tongue, keep your lips sealed
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    • 2Put on a seat belt.

      ‘all youngsters will have to belt up in cars, vans, and lorries’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A mum fined when police spotted one of her children not wearing a seatbelt is urging others 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They walked to his car in silence, sliding in and belting up in the same way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Heather and her husband are backing an Essex Police campaign urging car users to belt up.’
      • ‘A family touched by tragedy are backing an Essex Police campaign to urge car users to belt up.’
      • ‘Virtually everyone now belts up as a matter of routine, and road casualties have been slashed as a result.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Women are also more conscientious when it comes to belting 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.’
      • ‘The family of a teenager killed in an horrific crash are urging drivers to belt up as police launch a new seatbelt campaign today.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He asks drivers to ensure that all passengers and drivers are all belted up especially children on school runs in the car.’


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