March 16, 2006

belt up

Posted in verb at 5:27 pm by Feng

belt up — to wear a seat belt

I had a one-day trip to London today. On the way back, the coach driver reminded us that the passengers in the first four rows behind him must wear the seat belts. “Please belt up,” the driver said. I think this expression is more concise than “please wear your seat belts”. Interestingly, when I looked up this phrase in several dictionaries, the only listed definition I found is: “shut up” (see [m-w] and [dict]). The definition is incomplete in the dictionaries.


  1. Saar Drimer said,

    try “buckle up,” I believe this is the more popular American version.

  2. Joe said,

    “please wear your seat belts”…
    “fasten your seat belts” may be the usual phrase in this context?!

  3. Feng said,

    The expression “wear your seat belts” is correct, though “fasten your seat belts” is more common. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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