take (one's) belt in (a notch)

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take (one's) belt in (a notch) definition

and pull (one's) belt in (a notch)
  1. tv.
    to prepare for lean times; to reduce expenditures. (See also tighten (one's) belt.) : It was clear that we would have to bite the bullet and take our belt in a notch. , I gotta pull in my belt or get a second job.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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