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  • s  pulled or drawn tight
    taut sails
  • s  subjected to great tension; stretched tight
    her nerves were taut as the strings of a bow

  • As the negotiations with the abductors carried through the taut night, the families of the hostages were left bewildered and exhausted.
  • Taut and tight, the movie keeps you at the edge of your seats from start to finish.
  • As the sprinters put their spikes on the chocks, their bodies tensed and their muscles became taut.
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  • Tiger Wood in New Straits Times
    You have to let the ligament heal. It has to get more taut. I don't want to stretch it out. I don't want to have it go back to where it was,Woods said. "I have to keep it taut, which means no rotation, everything in a straight plane. I...
  • Cherry Jones in Fresno Bee
    I had been told by my dear friend Jane Atkinson that, when Kiefer's on the set, it's a whole other temperature. It's part of the reason why Kiefer has kept Jack Bauer so taut and intense for seven seasons,Jones says. "He's completely...
  • James MacGregor Burns in USA Today
    Burns noted liberal concerns that Kennedy held no deep beliefs and imagined that the White House under Kennedy would be "quiet, taut, efficient - sometimes, perhaps, even dull."

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