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belt

 [belt]
1. a strip of leather, canvas, or webbing that is worn around the waist.
2. to restrict by placing a circular binding around an area.

belt

Drug slang
A regional term referring to the jolting effects of an abuse substance when it takes effect.

Epidemiology
A popular term for any broad geographical region with an increased incidence of a particular disease.

Occupational medicine
A wide leather or heavy-duty cloth strap worn around the waist to support muscles when lifting.
 
Public health
See Seat belt.
 
Sports medicine
See Weight belt.

belt

Epidemiology A popular term for any broad geographical region with an ↑ incidence of a particular disease. See AIDS belt, Asian esophageal cancer belt, Cancer seat, Goiter belt, Lymphoma belt, Stroke belt Public health See Seat belt.
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Pubs groups are struggling with the impact of the smoking ban - causing a "winter of discontent" according to chairman Tim Martin - rising costs, and a tougher trading picture as consumers tighten belts.
The priority of the average Welshman or woman is to tighten belts by an extra notch, revisit the gym - and buy a shellful of Easter eggs.
In order for IT organizations to successfully meet today's demands for improved quality and productivity they must do more than merely tighten belts and work harder," said Dick Heiman, Research Director at IDC.
The pace of growth in sales has consistently slowed since summer, showing the five interest rate rises are having an effect on momentum as shoppers tighten belts," said Ian McCafferty, the CBI's chief economic adviser.
Welsh shoppers are the most confident when it comes to spending, despite a national trend to tighten belts and worry about money in the run up to Christmas.
European High-Yield Chemicals Companies Tighten Belts Further
Fewer people are going out on the town as consumers tighten belts, it was revealed today.
That will push up home loans even further, gobbling up more wages and forcing families to tighten belts again.
The need to tighten belts has clearly not been extended to the Lord Chancellor.
THE need to tighten belts is working in favour of eircom League clubs for once.
But with companies forced to tighten belts, prospects are bleak.