BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – Under your belt: if you say someone has something under their belt, it means they have a particular experience already – something that might help them in the future.
Finn and Feifei are at a party when they spot a famous actor wearing colourful clothes. Finn says he has a few awards under his belt. But what does he mean?
Finn: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I’m Finn.
Feifei: And I’m Feifei. We’re at a very nice party.
Feifei: Oh, yes please.
Finn: Oh, this party is full of famous actors, actresses and film directors.
Feifei: Very glamorous. (whispering) Oh look, there’s… what’s his name again? And what is he wearing?
Finn: Oh yes. What is he wearing? A bright purple suit…
Feifei: And pink leather boots…!
Finn: Yes! And he’s got a few awards under his belt, hasn’t he? Very successful…
Feifei: Under his belt? How do you know what he’s got under his belt? I mean, we can see the purple suit and pink shoes, but…
Finn: No, no. If you say someone has something under their belt, it means they have a particular experience already – something that might help them in the future. So, in this case, he has the experience of winning a few awards already.
Feifei: I think we need some examples to make that clearer.
- After the new football manager had a few wins under his belt, he felt more confident.
- I think Madeleine would be a great leader. She has so much experience under her belt.
Finn: Now we’ve got some examples under our belt – is it easier to understand?
Feifei: Yes, thanks! Oh Finn, he’s coming over – that famous actor.
Famous actor: Hi. I saw you chatting over there and I thought I’d introduce myself. I’m Willy Wards.
Feifei: Lovely to meet you. My friend Finn says you’ve won lots of awards?
Famous actor: I have. Would you like to see them?
Feifei: Erm… OK?
Famous actor: I always keep them with me. They’re right here… under my belt.
Finn: Oh I’m sorry, I think we have the wrong guy. Time to go Feifei! Bye!
Famous actor: But I really do keep them under my belt! Do join us again next time for The English We Speak.
The English We Speak – Under your belt Transcript Video
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