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  • n  the physical condition of being stretched or strained
    he could feel the tenseness of her body
  • n  (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

  • And Hall, with her flawless American accent, is equally persuasive at inhabiting, not just miming, the stammering tenseness of the traditional Allen heroine.
  • On a nouveau Alcatraz called Terminal Island, Warden Hennessey (Joan Allen, merging her purse-lipped Pat Nixon impersonation with the imperious tenseness of Dick Nixon in late .
  • Despite the fact that the majority of the crowds enjoyed Nixon's blunt attacks, newsmen noted a tenseness in the Vice President, apparently brought on by a combination of fatigue .

  • Joe Torre in USA Today
    It wouldn't be fun. In fact, I made a comment when we were down 1-0 in the first,Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I felt a little tenseness in there. I said, 'Guys, what's the worst thing that can happen? We lose 162 games, big deal. We...
  • Pat McCrory in Charlotte Observer
    You tended to look at the ones with long, white T-shirts, because they were in the uniform of a gang, and you can't help but have some tenseness,said McCrory, a Republican. "I stated not only what I saw Wednesday night but what I see when...

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