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Topic: MECHANICAL

Language: Old English
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belt

1 noun
     
belt
belt1 S2 W3 [countable]
1DCC a band of leather, cloth etc that you wear around your waist to hold up your clothes or for decoration:
He unbuckled his leather belt.
2DN a large area of land that has particular features or where particular people live:
America's farming belt
the green (=countryside) belt British English
green belt
3TD a circular band of something such as rubber that connects or moves parts of a machine conveyor belt, fan belt
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below the belt

informal unfair or cruel:
That was a bit below the belt, Paul.
The comments hit below the belt (=they were unfair or cruel).
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have/get something under your belt

to have achieved something useful or important:
a secretary with several years' experience under her belt
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belt and braces

British English informal a belt and braces way of doing something is one in which you do more than necessary in order to make sure that it succeeds
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