Related to belt-tightening: bite the bullet, belt tightener


(bĕlt′ tīt′n-ĭng)
Increased thrift and frugality; a reduction in spending.
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a curtailment in spending.
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Certain PTI leaders talk about giving relief to the people Instead, they should be truthful to tell the people in plain words that belt-tightening and sacrifices are inescapable at this point of time.
Greek workers went on strike on Wednesday to protest against years of belt-tightening and a new wave austerity measures that will kick in after the country's third international bailout expires this summer.
A message posted online by President Don Jackson says the trustees have approved a plan to realize $2.3 million in savings during the 2017-18 school year by eliminating or consolidating some staff positions and taking other belt-tightening steps.
Speaking at a National Assembly session addressing the feasibility of approving the budgets of a number of government ministries and agencies, Al-Saleh said the workers should not worry about some economizing and belt-tightening measures taken by the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation since these measures have been effectuated in view of lagging earnings.
But sometimes, belt-tightening at the state level translates into trickle-down costs for local governments.
perhaps the cost of the is forces in endless line of in line to PAY I find this, if it is true, 'astonishing and disgusting' in these times of austerity and belt-tightening by the British people that Hague is able to give arms and cash aid (which is miraculously suddenly available) to assist Syrian rebels when our own soldiers face redundancy, and we cannot even supply our own troops with correct kit and equipment to prevent them from being killed in various futile conflicts.
Summary: US home prices accelerated by the most in nearly seven years in March while consumer confidence surged in May, suggesting there were areas of resilience for an economy that is facing the pinch of belt-tightening in Washington.
Summary: Lisbon: Portugal's constitutional court on Friday rejected several aspects of the country's belt-tightening budget ...
Without any quantitative guidance from the DOE on belt-tightening, there was speculation that it might be 1% or perhaps even as much as a 5% budget reduction for a few years.
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said ministers had pushed through only "fairly limited" belt-tightening.
Belt-tightening doesn't mean things are going to be worse.