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  1. Alfonso
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    Post Under the belt

    Is this a literal expresion or does it is an idiomatic expresion? if the later, what does it mean?


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    Re: Under the belt

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfonso View Post
    Is this a literal expresion or does it is an idiomatic expresion? if the later, what does it mean?
    This term comes from boxing, where it is against the rules to hit under the belt. It carries the meaning of unfairness and unexpectedness.

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    Re: Under the belt

    It can also refer to experience. "Once you have a few more lessons under your belt, you will be able to play the piano better."


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    Re: Under the belt

    Hello.

    belt - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    <below the belt>
    unfair or cruel:
    - That was a bit below the belt, Paul.
    - The comments hit below the belt (=they were unfair or cruel).


    <have/get something under your belt>
    to have achieved something useful or important:
    - a secretary with several years' experience under her belt


    Which are you mentioning?


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    Re: Under the belt

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    It can also refer to experience. "Once you have a few more lessons under your belt, you will be able to play the piano better."
    I knew this one too but it did not come to mind.

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