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Opinions vary [1] between:

  1. Comparing the experience and what was learned and gained from it, to a meal now eaten and safely stowed away in the stomach.
  2. The effect of a punch below the belt in boxing or other fist fighting.

Prepositional phraseEdit

under one's belt

  1. Already done; within one's experience; practiced.
    • 1998, Ani DiFranco (lyrics), “Two Little Girls”, in Little Plastic Castle, performed by Ani DiFranco:
      You were fresh off the boat from Virginia / I had a year in New York City under my belt / We met in a dream, we were both nineteen
    He got off to a shaky start, but with a few months of experience under his belt, he kept up handily with the veteran employees.


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