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  • 1A strip of leather or other material worn around the waist or across the chest, especially in order to support clothes or carry weapons.

    ‘a sword belt’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wore long black pants and a dark green shirt with a leather belt around 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.’
    • ‘A sharp, curved dagger dangled on a leather belt at her waist.’
    • ‘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 had a rugged face and wore white clothes, a red belt tied at his waist.’
    • ‘A classic-looking leather belt is around my waist, its buckle engraved with two simplified, overlapping trees.’
    • ‘He reached to his waist and undid the belt buckle as he was talking to the corpsman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cassie admired the thin white leather belt around her waist.’
    • ‘Another teaching nun, Sister Annunciata, like the others wore a long, thick, leather belt from waist to toe beside her rosary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a brown leather belt tied around her waist and it had a place for a dagger sheath and a sword sheath.’
    • ‘Good Italian leather belts with simple buckles are now found in many stores.’
    • ‘The belt's adjustment level allows it to be worn as a waist belt or a shoulder strap.’
    • ‘I bought a leather belt with a heart-shaped buckle on it, from my favourite vintage clothes shop.’
    • ‘With that he drew a sword from a belt around his waist.’
    • ‘As he buckled the gun belt back around his waist, feeling fully dressed again at last he suddenly stopped and sniffed at the air.’
    girdle, sash, strap, cummerbund, waistband, band, girth
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    1. 1.1
      short for seat belt
      ‘Fasten your three-point seatbelts in the Exige and the four-point belts in the Cup 240 and look in the mirrors.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inspector Lyons urged motorists to use their belts and in particular children in the rear seats.’
      • ‘The seatbelt signal came on and everyone strapped on their belts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The vehicle's rear seat has two sets of four-point belts and is designed to set one adult or two children.’
      • ‘Ryder then jumped into the back seat, shimmying into the middle and buckling up the waist belt.’
      • ‘The belt locked sign went off and everybody immediately began getting up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The seat belt sign blinked off meaning it was safe to un-buckle the belts.’
      • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘Around 1930 Jigoro Kano created a new belt to recognize the special achievements of high ranking black belts.’
      • ‘In the Junior Taekwondo, Matthew Archer achieved his blue belt with a fantastic score of 94 per cent.’
      • ‘Mwisa said in Kitwe yesterday that the BBC had erred by awarding Mutampuka the belt when it knew that the title belonged to him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Based on their level of action in recent months, it seems only a matter of time before the kin are wearing title belts.’
      • ‘The Pistons a year ago donned the title belts because they played great defense.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The March campaign will determine if he keeps his title belt.’
      • ‘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 accomplishment was fine no matter how it is put, but the factor that made it historical was that Ruiz had a title belt.’
      • ‘ÒHe is free to challenge for a title fight since the belt is now being held by Chilembe.’
      • ‘Fighters are allowed to keep the title belt after three successful defences.’
      • ‘If he wins any of the various title belts, he will become Scotland's eighth world champion.’
      • ‘A photograph of the new Russian champion holding aloft the title belt after the fight was even submitted, complete with black eye.’
      • ‘In 1949 those two met again in a title fight and Robinson retained his belt with a convincing unanimous decision victory.’
      title, award, accolade, honour, distinction, glory, kudos
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    3. 1.3A belt of a specified color, marking the attainment of a particular level in judo, karate, or similar sports.
      as modifier ‘brown-belt level’
      • ‘Janine beat more experienced rivals to win the senior traditional Kata coloured belt section at the Yorkshire Karate Championships in Morley.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His youngest, Matthew, is 10 years old and just received his yellow belt in karate.’
      • ‘Most of them have now moved up from beginners white belt to the next level - a yellow 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.’
      • ‘One of the changes he is credited with is the introduction of many colored belts to recognize advancement in Judo.’
      • ‘For the uninitiated, most Martial Arts styles use a system of Colored belts to indicate the knowledge and skill levels of their practitioners.’
      • ‘Coloured belts are a new phenomenon, having only been introduced in the last century.’
      • ‘The belt levels start at white, then, red, yellow, blue, green, brown, and then finally black.’
      • ‘Okay, so Dolph Lundgren has a third degree belt in karate, that's not too surprising.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A candidate for black belt will realize that the belt is not as important as the lessons learned along the way.’
      • ‘To facilitate giving instructions, one of the two judoka's wears a blue judogi or a red belt.’
      • ‘It doesn't occur at all unless you are watching the 6-8 year old yellow belts.’
      • ‘The day after Lee tested for her yellow belt, the first level of advancement, she talked with her instructor about opening her own school.’
      • ‘I planned to take the yellow-belt test in mid-December, which is the first belt level you can achieve.’
    4. 1.4A person who has reached a belt of a specified color in a sport.
      ‘I am a karate black belt’
      • ‘No wonder then that the other three international belts didn't rank him inside their top 15 places.’
      • ‘She was a low level karate belt who often missed class.’
      • ‘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…’
      • ‘I lost the finals to a yellow belt, but I liked the experience.’
    5. 1.5the beltThe punishment of being struck with a belt.
      ‘be quiet, or it's the belt’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"At school there were certain teachers who you really didn’t want to get the belt from," he said.’
      lash, scourge, thong, strap, belt
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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’
    • ‘Unlike machinery used in textile mills, steelmaking machinery had few spinning belts that could pull workers into drive shafts.’
    • ‘Traditionally these machines have belts and pulleys to change increment speeds, which wouldn't change so often.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, whereas the supercharger is mechanically driven by belt from the engine, the turbocharger is driven by the pressure of the exhaust gases.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The unit offered on temporary loan features a ‘boat style’ cam and a belt / pulley spindle drive instead of flexible drive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cam belt of my Audi TT snapped and destroyed the engine, costing me more than £4,500.’
    • ‘A timing belt or timing chain links the crankshaft to the camshaft so that the valves are in sync with the pistons.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So we stopped at a repair shop to fix the dynamo belt.’
    • ‘VW recommends that the cam belt is checked every 20,000 miles.’
    band, loop, hoop, thong
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    1. 2.1A conveyor belt.
      ‘But downstairs, where checked luggage is scanned, only the conveyer belt had power.’
      • ‘The all headed to the conveyer belt and Kari grabbed her bags.’
      • ‘The company recently changed its production line operations with the installation of new conveyer belts, which resulted in the standing requirement.’
      • ‘All that jostling around on conveyer belts, handling without care and being thrown in with the cargo is exhausting.’
      • ‘This company has flour on the floor and on its conveyer belts.’
      • ‘I gained a brief second wind and loaded the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘Emma, Death, and Muad unloaded the carts onto the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘And for those pre-board security checks, the entire garment may be removed and laid on the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘The conveyer belt buzzed, little children cried from boredom and couples of women chattered on about their flights.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Amy laughed hysterically at her joke and placed the items on the conveyer belt.’
      • ‘The hot dogs are heated at one end and sent down a conveyer belt to the other.’
      • ‘I looked to the end of the conveyer belt where the pile of groceries were waiting to be sacked.’
      • ‘The courier was arrested when his luggage was searched after being retrieved from a 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 rest of the rubbish is placed onto a conveyer belt, urea is added and it is taken to the digester.’
      • ‘When you check in for a flight, make sure the agent tags all your suitcases before sending them down 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.’
      • ‘We were shepherded along to first the conveyer belt and then to the waiting taxi by a competition liaison officer.’
    2. 2.2A flexible strip carrying machine-gun cartridges.
      ‘Others are draped in belts of machine gun bullets, or carrying rocket-propelled grenade launchers over their shoulders.’
      • ‘It is said the .50 calibre machine gun ammunition belts in Supermarine Spitfires measured exactly 27 feet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Putting his training to good use, Timms had the belt fed into the machine gun, and the weapon ready, in less than a minute.’
  • 3A strip or encircling band of something having a specified nature or composition that is different from its surroundings.

    ‘the asteroid belt’
    • ‘a belt of trees’
    • ‘Because they were formed in two very different areas, the planetesimals in the two belts have different compositions.’
    • ‘The country has four distinct geographical areas: the coastal belt, the forested region, the savannah zone, and the sandy zone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A similar observation led Hart to average his data for species composition in circumpolar belts.’
    • ‘What happens when we cross the asteroid belt area, when we go out toward Jupiter?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rosetta will leave the benign environment of near-Earth space to the dark, frigid regions beyond the asteroid belt.’
    • ‘South Waziristan is the largest but least developed area of the tribal 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.’
    • ‘This explains the composition of much of the asteroid belt as well as the inner planets.’
    • ‘Apart from Strathmore and Buchan, the rest - and most of the central belt - was moorland, scrub, and marsh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Salt marshes cover the central belt, where there are also large phosphate deposits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I accessed the waypoint system, and put in the central coordinates for the asteroid belt.’
    • ‘He added that even within Scotland, costs differ considerably between farmers in the central belt and Highlands.’
    region, area, district, zone, sector, province, quarter, pocket, enclave, territory, neighbourhood, locality
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  • 4 informal A heavy blow.

    • ‘she ran in to administer 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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  • 5mainly US informal A gulp or shot of liquor.

    • ‘they could probably use a few belts’
    • ‘It didn't matter whether it was a belt of whiskey, a glass of wine, or a pint of beer.’
    • ‘I wouldn't be surprised to find out that he smoked occasionally and took a belt of whiskey on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Each evening, he never forgot to take a belt of Scotch before retiring.’
    • ‘He took a belt of vodka and fell out of his chair.’
    • ‘Doug Storer, who produced the program in those years, recalled how Ripley would have to down a belt of gin before he could face the live audience at his microphone.’



/belt/ /bɛlt/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Fasten with a belt.

    ‘she belted her raincoat firmly’
    • ‘she paused only to belt a robe about her waist’
    • ‘He belted his jacket with a gold girdle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"Ready?" he asked as she belted her coat.’
    fasten, tie, bind
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial Be fastened with a belt.
      ‘the jacket belts at the waist’
      • ‘Simple clothing - loose black trousers and a dark grey jacket, belted at the waist.’
      • ‘She was wearing only dark green breeches, belted around her waist and fastened just above the knees by gold clasps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They wore heaving broadswords belted on 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.’
      • ‘They too wore red tunics, belted at the waist with a black belt.’
      • ‘She wore a long white shirt, loose and soft, belted around her waist.’
      • ‘Her gun, belted at her waist, dug painfully into his leg, and Max winced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If Jerin needed me, however, I intended to use the weapon belted at my waist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was not particularly graceful. [His kimono] was loosely belted and more than half open.’
      • ‘This was belted, and a drawstring pouch was suspended from this containing, perhaps, his rosary and few meagre belongings.’
    2. 1.2Attach or secure with a belt.
      ‘he was securely belted into the passenger seat’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She threw a worn leather book-bag into the passenger seat and belted herself in.’
      • ‘After a struggle the man, who is 6ft 4in tall, was belted into his seat.’
      • ‘Too many children injured each year in accidents had not been belted in at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wear your seat belt and ensure that all your passengers are properly belted.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had to belt the girl in more tightly so that she would not slide.’
  • 2Hit (someone or something) hard.

    ‘she belted him over the head with her racquet’
    • ‘he belted the ball to the left-field fence’
    • ‘Dean belted the ball downfield and over the Edinburgh line.’
    • ‘Ricardo ran forward and belted the ball low past David James.’
    • ‘And it's also safer than having five-year-olds belting tennis balls around the room.’
    • ‘He vented his frustration a couple of games into the second set, missing a volley and then belting the ball into the crowd.’
    • ‘McGuinn scored twice and his scores equalled in quality by Davey, who belted the ball between the uprights after 20 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, just before the final whistle, it was Hawes again who belted the ball goal-bound only to see it hit a defending foot.’
    • ‘Given a similar opportunity in the Hawick half, Hodgkinson - broken nose and all - belted the killer blow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 is big and powerful and can belt the ball for all he is worth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two or three players were belting balls into the distance.’
    • ‘But above all, and most memorably, he ran down the pitch and just belted the length ball back over the bowler's head.’
    • ‘This genial cricketer has also shown that a batsman does not have to really belt the ball to emerge a match-winner.’
    • ‘However, the top three are players with the ability to really belt the ball.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3 informal no object, with adverbial of direction Move quickly in a specified direction.

    • ‘they belted along the empty road’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You would have to be truly belting through the place at a rate of knots to do it 7 minutes.’
    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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  • 4mainly US with object Gulp (a drink) quickly.

    ‘cocktails should be sipped and savored, not belted down’
    • ‘he belted it back and poured another’
    • ‘Poe pauses, then belts his down and wipes his lips with a rather dainty handkerchief.’
    • ‘He waited until the pink foam had fizzled down the crystal stem and onto the bar-top before he belted it down and chased it with a double-shot of bourbon.’
    • ‘It was a double, Arla noticed, and he belted it down rather quickly.’
    • ‘She belted it down and asked for another one.’
    • ‘He gives her a triple Jack Daniel's, and she belts it down.’



/belt/ /bɛlt/


    below the belt
    • Unfair or unfairly; disregarding the rules.

      ‘there has been yet another below-the-belt blow to the workers of Chicago’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If they're seen as unfair, as below the belt, as smear tactics, they can backfire on the candidate in the long term.’
      • ‘He stressed: ‘This insult was way below the belt, untrue and unjust.’’
      • ‘So, there was no way that anything was underhand or anything was below the belt or anything was conspired or lied to.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She said: ‘They're a little below the belt occasionally, but he does have a great sense of humour.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This pushes my experimental colleagues beyond their already strained limits of patience, for it is both wrong and completely below the belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nice thought, but possibly a little too below the belt for me.’
      • ‘Samantha is so frighteningly polite that to pose cynical questions seems rather below the belt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That was below the belt as far as I was concerned.’
      • ‘Apparently animal analogies are just below the belt.’
      • ‘I grunted, sticking my nose into the air, ‘that was a tad below the belt, wasn't it’’


      From the notion of an unfair and illegal blow in boxing.

    tighten one's belt
    • Cut one's spending; live more frugally.

      ‘she said the poor must tighten their belts’
      • ‘But, are we tightening our belt before we need to?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Sometimes small savings send a signal that we really need to 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.’
      • ‘It's time to tighten my belt financially and I frankly cannot afford to buy everything I see.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The company has never been one for tremendous excess, and we tightened our belt and came out the other side.’
      • ‘You should tighten your belt in every other area you can, but increase your promotion and sales efforts, including advertising.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anyone would be ill at ease at having to tighten their belt by 30 percent.’
      • ‘We will probably have to tighten our belt to some extent, but I don't anticipate it being too grave.’
      • ‘But I also believe it is a good thing, every now and then, to be forced to tighten one's belt.’
      • ‘‘The first thing that happens when you tighten your belt is the ad revenues start to go away:’ says Robertson.’
      • ‘Robbins thinks Johnston needs to tighten his belt a lot more to have credibility with employees.’
    under one's belt
    • 1Safely or satisfactorily achieved, experienced, or acquired.

      ‘he now has almost a year as president under his belt’
      • ‘I want to get more experience under my belt’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘And, even when you've landed your dream job, there's no harm in getting a bit more work experience under your belt.’
      • ‘The idea is to get some experience under your belt, make some cash and take pleasure in what you're doing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Collectively, the band members have a ton of live show experience under their belt and they know what makes for an invigorating show.’
      • ‘We believe there will be a 400 metre portage involved so it is important to get the experience under our belt.’
      • ‘My swing is really solid if not better and to go with that I've got another year's experience under my 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Staerk has 21 years experience under his belt and has worked on over 50 campaigns since 1983.’
      • ‘He had 25 years of experience under his belt and insisted he'd move as long as there was a suitable alternative.’
      • ‘With that experience under his belt, he should now be able to go one better.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘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, my dad became gregarious and charming - telling jokes and flirting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrasal Verbs

    belt down
    • 1(of rain) fall hard.

      ‘rain belted down on the tin roof’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many said that when the rain started to belt down in the second half hundreds of ‘so-called fans’ drifted away.’
      • ‘The rain was beginning to belt down now in a devastating flurry, as if the heavens themselves were at war with this battered earth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1(of the sun) radiate intense heat; be very strong.
        • ‘by the time we arrived, the sun was already belting down’
    belt out
    • belt something out, belt out somethingSing 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She belted the song out, and Dave stood up in awe.’
      • ‘She grabbed a hairbrush to be a microphone for her as she belted the song 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.’
      • ‘When it comes to singing head-banging metal, he can belt it out with the best.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In Vancouver, it has never mattered much which song you sang, so long as you belted it out loud.’
      • ‘The ditties were belted out by participants in the town's attempt to set a world record for karaoke singing.’
      • ‘From old melodies to hits from latest films, all popular requests are belted out by crooners till late in the night.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bond's raw, resilient voice belies his 65 years and he belts it out with a vitality that would shame most 50-year-olds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His voice was a raspy clarion, hoarse from a lifetime of belting it out.’
      • ‘You feel more passionate when you're belting it out.’
      • ‘I've seen them very comfortable on stage, with their guitars on their laps, drinking beer and belting it out.’
      • ‘The singing is all really high and I'm belting it out all the way through.’
      • ‘Most of the fans sat crossed-legged in front of the stage and listened intently as the tunes were belted out.’


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