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 Meanings and Examples of TIGHTEN
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tighten
 v.  draw tighter; straiten; make closer in any manner.
Classic Sentence: (36 in 3 pages)
1  I was--oh, so very frightened and upset and you were so--so-- She looked down and saw his brown hand tighten over hers.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
2  The thought of speaking of Melanie now, of making the inevitable arrangements that follow a death made her throat tighten.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LXII
3  Watching Tom I saw the wad of muscle back of his shoulder tighten under his coat.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 7
4  She tightened her fierce hold about his neck.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In IX
5  Mrs. Hale answered simply: "There was nowhere else for her to go;" and my heart tightened at the thought of the hard compulsions of the poor.
Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In IX
6  The Yankee blockade about the Confederate ports had tightened, and luxuries such as tea, coffee, silks, whalebone stays, colognes, fashion magazines and books were scarce and dear.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XII
7  The Yankee gunboats had tightened the mesh at the ports and very few ships were now able to slip past the blockade.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XVI
8  The hand on her arm tightened until it pinched and the wrinkled lids over the yellow eyes blinked.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVI
9  He yelled louder at this treatment and she hastily tightened the triangular garment about his threshing legs.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXVII
10  Her jaw line tightened to squareness and her eyes went emerald.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXIV
11  You remember when the blockade tightened, I couldn't get a boat out of any Confederate port or into one, so there the money stayed in England.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVI
12  She said "Oh" in a stunned voice and tightened her fingers over her crimson face.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVIII
13  As he spoke, his light grip tightened on her hand and in his voice was the sad magic of old half-forgotten songs.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LIII
14  He drank slowly, watching her over the glass and she tightened her nerves, trying to keep from trembling.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LIV
15  She rose without haste, though her knees shook, tightened the wrapper across her hips and threw back her hair from her face.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER LIV
Example Sentence:
1  In the last year, the Australian government has introduced legislation to tighten up the relatively relaxed domestic security.
2  You can tighten the chain without tools, and the wide bar prevents overheating even in tough conditions.
3  The six countries likely to be denied debt cancellation maybe eligible once they take specified steps to tighten controls on government spending.
4  This treatment helps tone the body, firm up muscles and tighten the skin.
5  Turn the screw to the right to tighten it.
6  As the police visibly tighten the noose around the mansion, the guerrillas respond with rhetoric and warning bursts of gunfire.
7  She tightened her grip on his arm.
8  This latest tragedy merely confirms my view that the law must be tightened.
9  His index finger tightened on the trigger but then relaxed again.
10  Her finger tightened on the trigger as she heard footsteps approaching.
11  After the brace is on, the strap is tightened to pull the foot into a better position.
12  His hand slid from the back of her neck to circle the base of her throat, and her pulse leaped as her breasts tightened in sensual hunger.
13  I think the noose is slowly tightening on Tony and company and it's just a matter of time, really.
14  They learned that Lehman Brothers had collapsed in bankruptcy, inflicting billions of new losses on a financial system already rocked by a cratering housing market and a tightening credit crunch.