The question In what sense did Trump put a notch on his belt? was originally posted on ELU (not by me) with a language connotation, then I decided to post it here because I wondered if the expression “a notch on his belt” actually had a political connotation given the context and the people involved.

I am not American and I am not fully aware of possible implications or hidden meaning that the expression, as said by Trump’s lawyers in that context, may possibly suggest. Where else could I ask?

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Putting a notch on your belt has nothing to do with politics and is just a general phrase that can be used in many places and isn't political in nature.

As a note this question has been asked and answered on English Language & Usage and cross posting questions on multiple sites is discouraged


  • I don’t see your point, all terms are not political per se, it depends on context, as in this case. And the context is “very” political as far as I understand .
    – user 66974
    Apr 6, 2023 at 16:05
  • @user66974 It is a phrase that has a meaning that has nothing to do with politics, just because a term/phrase is used about a political figure doesn't mean it suddenly has anything to do with politics.
    – Joe W
    Apr 6, 2023 at 16:08
  • Mmmmm..I doubt that Trump’s lawyers publicly said something politically irrelevant on that occasion. But I am wrong, of course.
    – user 66974
    Apr 6, 2023 at 16:11
  • Btw, I didn’t cross post. On ELU the question, asked by a different user, had a language connotation and was about the expression itself. That just made me think about its meaning in context..which is a political context.
    – user 66974
    Apr 6, 2023 at 16:14
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    @user66974 Again, just because something is said by a political figure, someone connected to a political figure or about a political figure doesn't mean that it is related to politics in anyway. And even if you didn't post it yourself cross posting questions between sites is still discouraged.
    – Joe W
    Apr 6, 2023 at 16:20
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    Ok, I see your point, but I totally disagree!!! BTW again, it is not cross posting. They are different questions though the subject is the same.
    – user 66974
    Apr 6, 2023 at 16:22

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