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English definition of “cut your coat according to your cloth”

cut your coat according to your cloth

UK
said to emphasize that someone should do as well as possible with the limited money they haveSelf-control and moderation
(Definition of cut your coat according to your cloth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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