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Tighten up   /tˈaɪtən əp/   Listen
Tighten up

verb
1.
Restrict.  Synonyms: constrain, stiffen, tighten.  "Stiffen the regulations"






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"Tighten up" Quotes from Famous Books



... said that night, as she brought the carafe of ice-water to the library, "You're going off the last few days, Miss Agnes." And when I made no reply: "You're sagging around the chin. There's nothing shows age like the chin. If you'd rub a little lemon-juice on at night you'd tighten up some." ...
— The Confession • Mary Roberts Rinehart

... you sons of cooks!" cried the Sawyer, who was splashing for his life in the water. "I've tackled 'un now. Just tighten up the belt, to see if he biteth centre-like. You can't lift 'un! Lord bless 'ee, not you. It 'll take all I know to do that, I guess; and Firm ain't to lay no hand to it. Don't you be in such a doggoned ...
— Erema - My Father's Sin • R. D. Blackmore

... jaws, and eyes gleam with eager light and peer searchingly from every rise far over to the southeast, where stands a tumbling heap of hills against the lightening sky. "Off there, are they?" says a burly trooper, dismounting hastily to tighten up the "cinch" of his weather-beaten saddle. "We can make it quick enough, 's soon as we get rid of these blasted wagons." And, swinging into saddle again, he goes cantering down the slope, his charger snorting with exhilaration in ...
— The Deserter • Charles King



Words linked to "Tighten up" :   limit, restrict, trammel, bound, restrain, throttle, confine



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