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[belt-tahyt-n-ing] /ˈbɛltˌtaɪt n ɪŋ/
a curtailment in spending; period of economizing:
The mayor ordered a belt-tightening for all city offices.
Origin of belt-tightening
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Space-industry belt-tightening and ever shrinking technology are combining to give tiny satellites a big future, scientists say.
  • Most have already begun contingency plans, sparking fears on campuses of extreme belt-tightening.
  • It's time for serious belt-tightening all the way around.
  • He's called for belt-tightening, then more stimulus, then more belt-tightening.
  • Frugality is the new chic, and belt-tightening is all the rage.
  • belt-tightening may have much to do with the increase, as shoppers spend more time researching the low prices than in past years.
  • But belt-tightening ways and the appeal of smaller markets linger even as the economy improves.
  • The grim economic outlook may mean more belt-tightening.
  • The precise impact of next year's belt-tightening is tricky to gauge.
  • Consumers are also showing signs of belt-tightening.

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