tight


tight
tight1 W3S2 [taıt] adj comparative tighter superlative tightest
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1¦(clothes)¦
2¦(pulled/stretched firmly)¦
3¦(attached firmly)¦
4¦(holding something firmly)¦
5¦(strict)¦
6¦(little money)¦
7¦(little time)¦
8¦(little space)¦
9¦(not generous )¦
10¦(close together)¦
11¦(close relationship)¦
12¦(bend/turn)¦
13¦(chest/stomach/throat)¦
14¦(expression/smile/voice)¦
15¦(difficult situation)¦
16¦(play/performance)¦
17¦(game/competition)¦
18¦(drunk)¦
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[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: thight 'closely packed, solid, thick' (14-19 centuries), probably from a Scandinavian language]
1.) ¦(CLOTHES)¦
tight clothes fit your body very closely, especially in a way that is uncomfortable
≠ ↑loose
tight jeans
My shoes were so tight that I could hardly walk.
The jacket is rather a tight fit (=it fits too tightly) .
2.) ¦(PULLED/STRETCHED FIRMLY)¦
string, wire, cloth etc that is tight has been pulled or stretched firmly so that it is straight or cannot move
The bandage must be tight enough to stop the bleeding.
She tied the rope around the post and pulled it tight .
3.) ¦(ATTACHED FIRMLY)¦
a screw, lid etc that is tight is firmly attached and difficult to move
Check that the screws are tight.
4.) ¦(HOLDING SOMETHING FIRMLY)¦
a tight hold/grip
if you keep or have a tight hold on something, you hold it firmly
His mother kept a tight hold on his hand.
5.) ¦(STRICT)¦
controlling something very strictly or firmly
The government is keeping tight control on immigration.
keep a tight grip/hold/rein on sth
(=control it very firmly)
The former dictator still keeps a tight grip on power.
Anna was determined to keep a tight hold on her feelings.
Security is always tight for the opening day of parliament.
run/keep a tight ship
(=manage a company, organization etc strictly and effectively)
6.) ¦(LITTLE MONEY)¦
if money is tight, you do not have enough of it
money is tight/things are tight
Money was tight and he needed a job badly.
As you know, I run the magazine on a pretty tight budget .
7.) ¦(LITTLE TIME)¦
if time is tight, it is difficult for you to do everything you need to do in the time available
Time is tight , and she has another meeting to go to this afternoon.
We should arrive on time, but it'll be tight.
As usual, his schedule on Saturday was tight (=he had arranged to do several things in a short time) .
I''m working to a very tight deadline (=I have to finish a piece of work vey quickly) .
8.) ¦(LITTLE SPACE)¦
if space is tight, there is only just enough space to fit something into a place
be a tight squeeze/fit
Six in the car will be a tight squeeze.
9.) ¦(NOT GENEROUS )¦ informal
not generous, or trying hard to avoid spending money
Don't be so tight!
10.)¦(CLOSE TOGETHER)¦
placed or standing closely together
The animal's body was curled up in a tight little ball.
She wore her hair in a tight bun.
11.) ¦(CLOSE RELATIONSHIP)¦
a tight group of people, countries etc have a close relationship with each other
Together, the young film-makers formed a tight group.
the tight bonds that had grown between them
12.) ¦(BEND/TURN)¦
a tight bend or turn is very curved and turns quickly in another direction
Danny lost control on a tight bend, and the car ran off the road.
13.) ¦(CHEST/STOMACH/THROAT)¦
if your chest, stomach, or throat feels tight, it feels painful and uncomfortable, because you are ill or worried
Before she went on stage her chest felt tight and her throat hurt.
14.) ¦(EXPRESSION/SMILE/VOICE)¦
a tight expression, smile, or voice shows that you are annoyed or worried
'Look, I'm sorry ...,' she said, forcing a tight smile.
15.) ¦(DIFFICULT SITUATION)¦
in a tight corner/spot informal
in a difficult situation
He's a good man to have around if ever you're in a tight corner.
'Did something go wrong?' 'Let's just say I got into a bit of a tight spot.'
16.) ¦(PLAY/PERFORMANCE)¦
playing a piece of music or giving a performance very exactly and well, without any pauses or mistakes
The band gave a really tight performance.
a tight, well-rehearsed production
17.) ¦(GAME/COMPETITION)¦
a tight game, competition etc is one in which the teams, players etc play equally well, and it is not easy to win
The opening quarter of the game was very tight.
18.) ¦(DRUNK)¦ [not before noun]
old-fashioned informal drunk
>tightly adv
Marie held the baby tightly in her arms.
>tightness n [U]
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WORD FOCUS: tight
clothes: skintight, figure-hugging, tight-fitting also close-fitting (BrE), snug
rope/wire/chain: taut
screw/lid/handle: be on firmly/tightly, be firmly fastened/closed
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tight 2
tight2 adv
very firmly or closely
= ↑tightly
Hold tight to the handrail!
I kept my eyes tight shut .
sit tight atsit
sleep tight atsleep1 (4)

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