tight1 [ taıt ] adjective **
▸ 1 close against body
▸ 2 hold/grip: firm & strong
▸ 3 stretched straight/flat
▸ 4 controlled carefully
▸ 5 only just enough
▸ 6 about competition
▸ 7 angle: very small
▸ 8 bend: curved a lot
▸ 9 feeling squeezed
▸ 10 with close relationship
▸ 11 nervous/annoyed
▸ 12 very close together
▸ 13 not spending money
▸ 14 drunk
1. ) clothes that are tight are close against your body when you wear them:
a tight skirt/dress
a ) used about clothes that are uncomfortable because they are so close against your body:
The shoes were a little too tight.
2. ) a tight hold or GRIP is very firm and strong:
a tight grip on the handle of his putter
a ) firmly fastened in a particular position:
The screw was so tight I couldn't turn it.
She had twisted her hair into a tight knot.
3. ) something such as cloth or rope that is tight is stretched so that it is completely straight or flat
4. ) controlled very carefully and strictly:
Security has been very tight throughout the Prince's visit.
tight control of costs
It was politically desirable to have a tight economic policy.
a ) done with a lot of skill and care so that mistakes are not made:
a tight performance by the cast
They kept things tight for the first half of the game.
5. ) if money is tight, you have only just enough:
a tight budget: vacations for people on a tight budget
money is tight/things are tight: Things will be a little tight for a few months.
a ) if time is tight, you have so little time that it is difficult for you to do what you need to:
If time is tight, cook the chicken the day before.
a tight schedule/deadline/timetable: We're going to be working under a very tight schedule.
b ) if space is tight, you have only just enough:
You can just about park here, but it's pretty tight.
a tight squeeze (=a situation in which there is only just enough space): It's a tight squeeze for all of you in our little house.
6. ) if a game is tight, both players or teams play well and it is difficult to know who will win
7. ) a tight angle is a very small angle that gives you very little space to do something
8. ) a tight bend on a road is difficult to drive around because it curves a lot
9. ) if your chest or another part of your body feels tight, it feels as if it is being squeezed:
His throat was too tight to allow the words to escape.
10. ) a tight group of people have a close relationship with each other
11. ) a tight voice or expression shows that you are nervous or annoyed:
He gave her a tight smile.
12. ) consisting of people or things that are very close together:
a tight bundle of sticks
13. ) INFORMAL someone who is tight likes to avoid spending money. This word shows that you dislike people like this.
keep a tight grip/rein/hold on something
to control something in a very strict way
run a tight ship
to control something such as an organization or institution in a very strict and effective way
a tight spot/corner/situation
a difficult situation:
She can usually talk her way out of tight corners.
╾ tight|ly adverb:
Keep the windows tightly closed.
The skirt fits a little too tightly around the waist.
The campaign had been tightly controlled from start to finish.
╾ tight|ness noun uncount
tight 2 [ taıt ] adverb *
very firmly:
shut/close something tight: She covered her ears and shut her eyes tight.
hold (on) tight: She held tight to the handrail.
Hold on tight to the rope.
tight against/across/around something: His left arm was jammed tight against the seat.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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