belt-tightening love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Increased thrift and frugality; a reduction in spending.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reduction in expenditure as a result of financial restrictions


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  • Ryan is talking about spending caps and long-term belt-tightening for the Medicare and Medicaid health programs.

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  • WASHINGTON -- The budget deal agreed to by White House and congressional negotiators Friday night may be built upon the notion of belt-tightening and austerity....

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  • In a letter to the Super Committee, Congressman Howard Berman D-CA, Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee wrote, In this period of belt-tightening and economic uncertainty, some seem to think that foreign assistance is a luxury we can no longer afford.

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  • Somehow I was under the impression that tough times call for more belt-tightening measures, even when it comes to visual displays.

    Glen Helfand: Extreme Holiday Edition: Even in Tough Times, the Wattage Goes Up

  • • More evidence that the government remains oblivious to the consequences of belt-tightening.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • He spent £3,500 on cabs in 2010, which constituted belt-tightening.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • The government's junior party, the populist far-right Loas, broke ranks on Friday, refusing to support the belt-tightening.

    Greek protesters fight with police as parliament agrees cuts deal

  • Tensions over Europe's austerity drive bubbled to the surface across the Continent as protesters hit the streets from Brussels to Madrid and a visiting U.S. official urged Europeans to tread carefully on fiscal belt-tightening.

    European Austerity Fuels Tensions

  • The Irish have so far supported the austerity program but must brace themselves for further belt-tightening despite the economy slumping 1.2% in the second quarter.

    Irish Eyes Are Watering

  • So there will be little by way of belt-tightening as more than 100 tourism ministers make their way to London for the World Travel Market, on 8 November.



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