One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Belts collectively, or material for belts.‘a small piece of plastic belting’
- ‘The rear of some scabbards was also decorated and all had loops at the back to take the leather belting which would attach the weapon to its wearer.’
- ‘This beginning was a highly personal, yet formal ceremony in which Funakoshi is said to have handed out lengths of black belting to his pupils.’
- ‘I'm not sure from your question if you are planning to tie the belt, or use a buckle; if the former, I recommend avoiding the belting, as this will make it very difficult to tie.’
- ‘In mitigation the person representing the company which employs about 35 people, said about 95 per cent of the company's work now involves light, plastic belting, rather than leather.’
2A beating, especially with a belt as a punishment.
battering, thrashing, beating, thumping, pounding, pummelling, hammering, buffeting, drubbingView synonyms
- ‘Mr Davis, an engineer from Chiswick, stated: ‘Personally, I'd give them a good belting.’’
- ‘But most of all, we are still nothing like as preoccupied with appearance as the French, and in this country, a good father would no more criticise how his daughter looked than give her a belting.’
- ‘The campaign is a learning process and, as any schoolboy once knew, that tends to include a couple of beltings.’
- ‘After a public belting in the street, Effie dragged him back to the shop by his ear, forcing him to apologise to the shopkeeper and replace the lot.’
- ‘We weren't allowed to speak our native tongue at high school; I got a belting from the principal a couple of times.’
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