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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELT

The belt and the guns were tossed onto the bed, and Hal Dozier sat down.

Brace your belt, Watkins, man, and swing your shoulders as a free companion should.

I have a bag at my belt, camarade, and you have but to put your fist into it for what you want.

They, therefore, persuaded Sir Hyde to prefer the passage of the Belt.

The knife looked terrible; but it was sheathed and tucked into a belt.

He rapidly reloaded his rifle, and fastened the pistols at his belt.

He had kept his pistols dry and he rebuckled his belt around his waist.

He had all the passwords and carried two good pistols in his belt.

He put his belt with the pistols in it around his neck and stepped in boldly.

The burial-ground itself was surrounded and shut in with a belt of trees.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English belt "belt, girdle," from Proto-Germanic *baltjaz (cf. Old High German balz, Old Norse balti, Swedish bälte), an early Germanic borrowing from Latin balteus "girdle, sword belt," said by Varro to be an Etruscan word.

As a mark of rank or distinction, mid-14c.; references to boxing championship belts date from 1812. Mechanical sense is from 1795. Transferred sense of "broad stripe encircling something" is from 1660s. Below the belt "unfair" (1889) is from pugilism. To get something under (one's) belt is to get it into one's stomach. To tighten (one's) belt "endure privation" is from 1887.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BELT

area

nounregion, district
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