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    belt out a song

    Dear teachers,

    Recently I noted a new to me expression which perplexed me.

    “Meryl Streep was a revelation. I had no idea she could belt out a song like that. What a trouper - a super-trouper.”

    I know the commonly accepte senses of the verb “belt” namely “to encircle”, “gird”; “to support or attach with or as if with a belt”: belt one's trousers; belted the sword to her waist, “to mark with” or “as if with an encircling band”, “to beat with a belt or strap”, “to strike forcefully”; “hit” but I couldn’t to get to the bottom of the following two meanings namely “to belt” = “to sing in a loud and forceful manner”: belt out a songand “to belt” = “to swig”(an alcoholic beverage).[to swig = to drink (liquid) or engage in drinking liquid in great gulps.]

    Would you be kind enough tell me some explanatory words?

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    V.
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    Re: belt out a song

    To sing a song with gusto and a certain degree of competence, though perhaps not with the style or finesse of a top-notch singer. Might be used to describe the singing of a performer known for being skilled at some other discipline, such as dance or comedy.

    Presumably the phrase is related to using one's abdominal muscles to give power to the singing voice.

    ex.: "Starring in the The Music Man, Tim Robbins showed that he could really belt out a tune." (fictitious)

    var.:"belt one out"

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    Re: belt out a song

    Hi Soup,

    Thank you again for your competent explanation.It made an indelible impression upon me.

    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Recently I noted a new for me expression which perplexed me again.
    I've noted recently that you have been using indefinite adverb of time recently with simple past.

    Isn't it right to say

    recently I have noted or
    I've noted or
    Some time ago I noted, I saw etc

    but not Recently I noted


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    Hi e2e4,

    Thank you for your well-juged correction.

    As a matter of fact I contemplated beginning the sentence with “Just now” and not with fatal for me “Recently”. I might serve as living, real evidence of a slow-witted student. There is my second, revised edition.

    Just now I noted a new for me expression which perplexed me again.

    Thank you for your precision.

    Regards

    V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi e2e4,

    Thank you for your well-juged correction.

    As a matter of fact I contemplated beginning the sentence with “Just now” and not with fatal for me “Recently”. I might serve as living, real evidence of a slow-witted student. There is my second, revised edition.

    Just now I noted a new for me expression which perplexed me again.

    Thank you for your precision.

    Regards

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    Re: belt out a song

    Hi e2e4,

    I have just found the following sentences so you may to ascertain personally with the usage of the unacceptable for you combination of “recently” and Past Indefinite.

    Frank Starke of the University of Tubingen recently demonstrated that the name of Priam is connected to the Luwian compound Priimuua,…..
    More recently, Sarajevo underwent the longest siege in modern military history during ...
    Recently noted around the web.
    Greg Murray recently noted that AJAX does not need to use XML.
    Liddell recently appeared on HBO's Entourage and was interviewed on Jim Rome Is Burning on Wednesday.
    I recently stumbled across this comment from him, circa 1985:
    I recently heard that the “Jack” format actually came out of Canada.
    Karl Rove recently noted that Republicans have tended not to run ads on black radio stations from National Review in News provided free by Find Articles.


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    Well,..

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    #9

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    Dear vil:
    You might want to say new to me. Example:
    Recently, I noted a new-to-me expression which perplexed me.
    (You probably don't want to say perplexed me again unless it perplexed you before and then perplexed you once more.)





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    Hi RonBee,

    Thank you for your edifying corrections.

    Regards

    V.

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