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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The ripple effect from people tightening belts this way could have serious implications.
EVERY politician talks about budget cuts, tightening belts and making savings, but going by this documentary, they are all talk and no walk.
Asda has seen evidence of shoppers working to "three-week cycles" and tightening belts in the lead-up to the end of the month, said the firm's retail director Andy Clarke.
About 57 per cent of people said they were tightening belts as they worried about finances, according to market analyst Mintel.
But we ask them to exercise selfrestraint, to recognise it is wrong to accept huge bonuses when customers are tightening belts to simply make ends meet.
This week the Nationwide marked confidence down, the British Retail Consortium warned high street sales growth is slowing, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply found service sector growth slowing, and the CBI cautioned consumers were tightening belts.
Everyone in the country is tightening belts, and it's high time this budget of pounds 9.3BILLION for a fortnight's running, jumping and sailing came under serious scrutiny.
A Taxpayers' Alliance spokesman said: "This is a shockingly large amount of money to spend purely on cars, especially given all the Government's rhetoric about tightening belts and cutting down on pollution.
Ms Armstrong said: 'Coming after six years of tightening belts in exchange for empty promises of future job security, strong feelings were expressed that the workforce had given much, but were being rewarded with little.' The union's convenor at the Stoke factory, Rob Taylor, urged people to attend Friday's meeting at Transport House in Hanley and take part in the ballot.