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What does under one's belt mean?


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under one's belt

Definition

The idiom under your belt refers to something that you have learned, mastered, or achieved and that might be an advantage for you in the future.

Origin


The first uses of the phrase with this meaning are traced back to the 19th century.

The phrase makes an analogy to food. Once you eat something, it is in your stomach and nobody can take it from you. It has become safely your own. Similarly, once you learn, master, or achieve something it becomes yours.

This idiom should not be confused with the phrase "below the belt". The latter has a distinct meaning. It originates from the rules of boxing, where it is not allowed to hit the lower abdomen and which can be also used figuratively to refer to other types of unethical actions.

Example(s)

I see that you already have the techniques of drawing under your belt.
With many years of experience under his belt, he has become the expert of the company.
Jane has a Ph.D. degree under his belt.

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