Meaning of “tighten your belt” in the English Dictionary

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"tighten your belt" in British English

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tighten your belt

C2 to spend less money than you did before because you have less money:

I've had to tighten my belt since I stopped working full-time.

(Definition of “tighten your belt” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tighten your belt" in American English

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tighten your belt

to spend less money:

Many small businesses are tightening their belts because of the slow economy.

(Definition of “tighten your belt” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)