Definition of tight in English:

tight

adjective

  • 1Fixed, fastened, or closed firmly; hard to move, undo, or open.

    ‘she twisted her handkerchief into a tight knot’
    ‘I prised the tight lid off with my knife’
    • ‘It was tight and hard to pull, but I had gotten used to it; having to practice for so long.’
    • ‘Giving it to Lior, Shumba watched as the guard drew closer to Amenra, her graying blond curls fastened in a tight knot along her gold enclosed neck.’
    • ‘They should be tied firmly but not be so tight as to cut off circulation.’
    • ‘He made sure it wasn't too tight to constrict or break the tender shoot.’
    • ‘For increased efficiency, you may have a tendency to fasten your laces very tight.’
    • ‘After changing and doing her hair into two tight braids, she opened her closet door.’
    • ‘She can't open cans or bottles if the lid is tight, and she's had to give up needlepoint.’
    • ‘Just then, there was a short knock and the door swung open to reveal his mother, undoing her tight, business-like bun.’
    • ‘If this is too tight and it's hard to judge all the thermal conditions that could occur, the next step will be to use these forcep tools.’
    • ‘I fasten my seatbelt as tight as I can get it and close my eyes as we start.’
    • ‘The reason for the sounds was because a piece of tape was over her mouth so she couldn't cry out for help, and her ankles were tied together in a tight knot.’
    • ‘He undid all the tight strings of her corset and took out her half-bun, staring lovingly at the rose before putting it on her bed stand.’
    compact, compacted, compressed, dense, hard, unyielding, solid
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    1. 1.1 (of clothes or shoes) close-fitting, especially uncomfortably so.
      ‘the dress was too tight for her’
      ‘a tight-fitting top’
      • ‘Evans has a pretty face and a body made for tight T-shirts, but he has negligible acting ability.’
      • ‘Do not wear uncomfortable or tight shoes that rub or cut into your feet.’
      • ‘Never ride in cold weather with tight boots or shoes, nor close-fitting gloves.’
      • ‘‘I didn't feel right wearing tight clothes and teaching men at the same time,’ she says.’
      • ‘It should be noted that society was only willing to let these girls be heroines if they wore tight clothes and were beautiful.’
      • ‘It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.’
      • ‘I refused to wear tight skirts, waistbands, or uncomfortable shoes.’
      • ‘How could she do her work if she was wearing such tight clothes anyway?’
      • ‘Forget, if you can for a moment, her tight little body in that tight little uniform.’
      • ‘She wore tight clothes, mostly tight shirts, and always had her hand on her hip.’
      • ‘He was a rebel child, with the long hair and the tight clothes.’
      • ‘Avoid wearing super tight clothes and underwire bras, if necessary.’
      • ‘I like to wear tight clothes because they make me feel good.’
      • ‘Like all tight clothes, they can cause indigestion and abdominal pain.’
      • ‘It was a tight, body fitting, top with a pretty two layered laced skirt.’
      • ‘My cousin was slightly overweight, but the fact that she wore such tight clothes anyway made her intimidating.’
      • ‘Don't wear tight clothing or shoes that can cause pressure and blistering.’
      • ‘Also tighten your shoes well and wear tight socks so that they will not come out of the shoes.’
      • ‘They were tight and painful and designed only for one thing, only halfway comfortable when she was lying down.’
      • ‘She dressed in tight clothes and always let her hair down.’
      tight-fitting, close-fitting, narrow, figure-hugging, skintight, sheath-like
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    2. 1.2 (of a grip) very firm.
      ‘she released her tight hold on the dog’
      figurative ‘presidential advisers keep a tight grip on domestic policy’
      • ‘Flynn wants to keep a tight grip on the purse strings.’
      • ‘She tried to turn, but the man's grasp on her body was too tight.’
      • ‘He maintained a tight grip on the sword as the force of the blow sent him skidding across the ice.’
      • ‘The guard tried to free himself from the tight grip as his face turned a deep shade of red and then went to purple.’
      • ‘This event suggests that they do not have a tight grip on this vital matter.’
      • ‘His grip was tight and ironlike, and he jerked her forward with a cruel air.’
      • ‘His hands had a tight grip on the steering wheel and his posture was anything but relaxed.’
      • ‘Kathy quickly grabbed a hold of my arm and held a firm, tight grip, leading me into the limousine that awaited us.’
      • ‘He reached up and patted her horse with his bandaged hand, careful to keep a tight grip on the reigns with the other as they walked down the broad main street.’
      • ‘Not only do they survive childbirth and carrying heavy loads, they know how to keep a tight grip on luck, love and happiness.’
      • ‘Jordan's heart pounded fast as she was caught in the man's tight grip.’
      • ‘Her grip was too tight and I saw her face turn to worry as she examined first my left arm and then my right.’
      • ‘His grip was tight and firm but it felt loving and soft.’
      • ‘He clutched the flute in his tanned hand, which was slowly turning white at the knuckles because of his tight grip.’
      • ‘Tye caught Freyen's arm in a tight grip and smirked.’
      • ‘There is usually no need to strike, just make sure you have a tight grip on your rod.’
      • ‘He returned the tight grip causing my gaze to turn up to him.’
      • ‘He made sure to keep a tight grip on it so he wouldn't leave it behind.’
      • ‘Whilst he's not waving ‘the big black stick’ in anger he certainly has a tight grip on it.’
      • ‘He didn't say a word, just led me up the rest of the steps with a tight grip.’
      firm, fast, secure, fixed, clenched, clinched
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    3. 1.3 (of a ship, building, or object) well sealed against something such as water or air.
      in combination ‘a light-tight container’
      • ‘Composed of foam insulation sandwiched between two sheets of oriented strand board, SIPs create a tight home and save lumber.’
      • ‘Pigs have died after a ventilation failure in a tight building.’
      • ‘This feature is especially helpful in tight homes, where appliances compete for less combustion air.’
      • ‘A tight home can literally use up enough air that the fireplace flue is the only route for a fresh supply of outside air available.’
      • ‘The bilge pumps may have to run for hours and hours, just dealing with rain driven into a supposedly tight boat.’
      • ‘If the house is fairly tight, the simplest route for makeup air to enter the structure is often the unused fireplace chimney.’
      • ‘I have been told that the house is too tight, so that there is not enough fresh air getting into it.’
      • ‘Place the larger pastry rectangle over the top, pressing the edges together to seal and form a tight package.’
      impervious, impenetrable, sealed, sound, hermetic
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  • 2(of a rope, fabric, or surface) stretched so as to leave no slack; not loose.

    ‘the drawcord pulls tight’
    • ‘Quickly, he laced the rope between her legs, one over another, until he was certain the rope was tight enough.’
    • ‘I struggled against it, but the ropes were bound too tight.’
    • ‘Tayler walked over to Andy and used the knife to cut the ropes, Andy flinched because the ropes were so tight.’
    • ‘It was lying loose and not stretched tight when the drawings were made.’
    • ‘They have a pulley attached to their harness which snaps the rope tight and means they are only actually holding about 10 kg, not your whole body weight.’
    • ‘He was certain to make it tight; stretching the material as he did so, and it took a little while longer just to wrap the small item with half of the ace.’
    • ‘She also threw on a pair of black slacks that stretched tight over her thin legs.’
    • ‘The ropes are stretched tight around the corner posts, to allow for acrobatics from the actual ropes.’
    • ‘Her wrists were unmovable because the rope was so tight.’
    • ‘He clambers confidently ahead of me, keeping the rope between us tight, stopping at each awkward step to see me safely over.’
    • ‘I simply held the fabric tight front and back of the presser foot and let the machine do its work.’
    • ‘My arms were almost turning purple, the rope was so tight.’
    • ‘This she tucked into the folds of her sleeves, securing it at a point where the fabric was tight enough against her body.’
    • ‘She tentatively pulled her hands; the ropes were tight.’
    • ‘Nitrus lifted up the wrappings around his neck and tugged down the tight fabric of a Lycra suit to reveal the bare, very pale skin beneath.’
    • ‘Then, he grasped the rope and pulled as tight as he could.’
    • ‘She tried moving her wrists but the ropes were too tight, even though she was wearing her jean jacket the ropes seemed to cut into her skin.’
    • ‘A man sat behind a large frame on which a net-like backing had been stretched tight.’
    • ‘He enclosed gunpowder in a tight fabric wrapping to create the first safety fuse.’
    • ‘The ropes were too tight, the gag too entangled in his hair, and the music too loud.’
    taut, rigid, stiff, tense, stretched, strained, stressed
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    1. 2.1 (of muscles or skin) firm or taut.
      ‘he showed off his tight abs’
      ‘the tight skin on your face may start to sag’
    2. 2.2 (of part of the body) feeling painful and constricted as a result of anxiety or illness.
      ‘there was a tight feeling in his gut’
      • ‘When the foreskin becomes trapped behind the corona for a prolonged time, it may form a tight, constricting band of tissue.’
      • ‘The appearance of a tight band around the head or of squeezing pain was significantly associated with muscle tension-type headaches.’
      • ‘She felt her face, the skin was tight and painful under her questing fingers.’
      • ‘Today I've got the shivers all over my body and a tight band round my forehead.’
      • ‘She was shaking, her body was tight and her eyes were practically bleeding.’
      • ‘The muscles in her legs, arms, and her whole body were tight and tense with the exertion of running and her sopping hair flew wildly out behind her.’
      • ‘Every muscle in his body was tight, and Rion had wondered if he'd frozen like that.’
      • ‘Early on after my coma the muscles in my body were incredibly tight.’
      • ‘A tight, constricting pain was setting on her heart, and it unnerved her more than anything, because she knew what it was.’
      • ‘Ian can barely breathe, his lungs are so heavy and his stomach painfully tight.’
      • ‘I felt very uneasy, as if my stomach was tight and tense, yet it was sloshing about and very empty.’
      • ‘The very thought of this makes my throat tight and my eyes water.’
      • ‘There was a tight feeling in her body that she couldn't describe.’
    3. 2.3 (of appearance or manner) tense, irritated, or angry.
      ‘she gave him a tight smile’
      • ‘He chuckles, and my tight smile gets a little more real.’
      • ‘They entered the warm study to find the Prince standing behind his desk, waiting with a tight and hard expression.’
      • ‘He consulted his notes for a moment, then gave me a tight little smile.’
      • ‘He gives a tough, tight smile as he contemplates his boyhood self, and you can almost hear the schoolchildren of Glasgow breathe a sigh of relief.’
      • ‘Adrienne stood with a tight smile plastered on her face.’
      • ‘She gave him a tight smile and reached for his hand.’
      • ‘I trudged into the kitchen where Okja wore a tight perm and a smile.’
      • ‘There is something too controlling about Britney with her tanned shiny skin, tight smile and big forehead.’
      • ‘I turned to look at her and she gave me a tight, angry smile.’
      • ‘In his tight, angry face we see a lifetime of struggles and disappointments.’
      • ‘He talks about them with a tight smile which he has obviously been practising for years.’
      • ‘The nurse's mouth is a tight line, barely moving when she speaks.’
      • ‘The staff was cagy, but confirmed my suspicion with slight, knowing expressions and small tight smiles of sympathy.’
      • ‘Well, he was slim now, and had acquired, as if through plastic surgery of the will, a tight smile that meant to beguile.’
      • ‘‘It's what I'm used to,’ I said with a tight smile, and I knew my eyes were stone cold.’
      • ‘His smile was small and tight, very professional looking.’
      • ‘My daughter would walk slowly to our car, a tight smile glued on her face.’
      • ‘She had a tight little smile and two dimples appeared.’
      • ‘So she mustered up a tight smile and shook her head.’
      • ‘But these are sharp little nods, with tight, bright smiles, that say ‘Fine’.’
    4. 2.4 (of a rule or form of control) strictly imposed.
      ‘security was tight at yesterday's ceremony’
      • ‘Our security at Los Alamos and all our nuclear facilities is very tight now.’
      • ‘The tight rules were introduced last week in a bid to prevent the foot and mouth hot spot centred around Thirsk spreading across the county and affecting the pig industry of East Yorkshire.’
      • ‘Security chiefs have decided to impose tight controls to prevent terrorists from slipping into the country.’
      • ‘But operating and production costs were kept under tight control, increasing by only 32%.’
      • ‘Security around the hotel was extremely tight with no-one but those with security clearance getting within the environs of Jessop Street.’
      • ‘Barclays said it was lending prudently and had tight controls in place.’
      • ‘The US has since pursued a systematic policy aimed at keeping the UN under tight control.’
      • ‘However, others have reservations about tight rules being put down about redevelopment in Middleton, and Bradford Council has not granted the status.’
      • ‘And the president has directed that spending be kept under tight controls as well.’
      • ‘These solutions may not be appropriate for some countries, especially those with tight rules on frequency usage.’
      • ‘The tight House of Lords security did not realise the trick that had been played on them.’
      • ‘They have a place but there should be tight controls to ensure maximum benefit for students and if there is difficulty deciding, consult the students.’
      • ‘Security at the church was tight, with scores of young people mobilized to scrutinize arrivals and check their bags and identities.’
      • ‘Access to the quarter is controlled by police barricades, and security at the fenced-off US embassy is very tight.’
      • ‘Despite the fact that wages and salaries are by far the biggest element of the NHS budget, there have been tight controls on the pay bill.’
      • ‘There's a tight control over what is and is not going out.’
      • ‘The peasantry in 1300 were living in a world where land was scarce and opportunities for economic advancement were limited by the tight controls of the landowners.’
      • ‘But tight controls on handguns mean that England's murder rate is only one-sixth of America's.’
      • ‘There are tight rules on the type of properties that qualify for the relief.’
      • ‘Security at Irish airports is tight enough to deal with any attempts to smuggle a handgun on board a plane, Aer Rianta said yesterday.’
      strict, rigorous, stringent, tough, rigid, firm, uncompromising, exacting, systematic, meticulous, painstaking, scrupulous
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    5. 2.5 (of a written work or form) concise, condensed, or well structured.
      ‘a tight argument’
      • ‘It's a good, tight, well written speech will lauds us all for showing up.’
      • ‘The critics are in awe of the play's fast, violent pacing, its tight structure and the humorous Scottish dialect.’
      • ‘It doesn't have the same really tight structure of part I, but it's more epic and touches on a lot more things.’
      • ‘The film is tight, superbly structured and has a great, ambiguous ending.’
      • ‘The guy could convert me to anything, due to his passionate delivery and tight arguments.’
      • ‘But that's a minor flaw given the tight execution of this concise, effective album.’
      • ‘It was also necessary to learn how to program incredibly efficiently and write extraordinarily tight code.’
      • ‘But those seemingly random gags only work effectively when anchored to strong characters and tight story structures.’
      • ‘I feel this provides the skills to write tight, clear, and concise papers.’
      succinct, economic, pithy, crisp, straightforward, concise, condensed, well structured, laconic, terse, to the point, summary, short and sweet, in a few well-chosen words
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    6. 2.6 (of an organization or group of people) disciplined or well coordinated.
      ‘the vocalists are strong and the band is tight’
      • ‘Again, expect some great music from this tight group.’
      • ‘A tight and disciplined band they are driven by the skills of drummer Rob Townsend.’
      • ‘With him, Rumsfeld brought a tight group of political appointees who did not inherit the Pentagon in order to pursue business as usual.’
      • ‘But, they were really tight together and didn't sound at all like a new or high school group.’
      • ‘There is no doubt: years of packing clubs and shaking up the whole continent have made them a tight group of musicians who know exactly what they want.’
      • ‘They have been playing together for 26 years and it shows; very tight, very together.’
      • ‘Word spread in the Southwest about the Augusta Futurity's tight organization and added prize money.’
      • ‘A mention must also go to the tight five who scrummaged hard all day and were full of running.’
      • ‘We sand-rakers are a tight group and while we could rake a mean sand pit in ten seconds, we could never throw anything.’
      • ‘We wanted a tight group of resource-providers who were in the region.’
      • ‘‘With Zidane coming back, France will play a tight midfield to allow him to be free and do his own thing,’ he noted.’
  • 3(of an area or space) having or allowing little room for manoeuvre.

    ‘a tight parking spot’
    ‘it was a tight squeeze in the tiny vestibule’
    • ‘This is the compact version; versatile, reliable, comfortable and suited to areas where space is tight.’
    • ‘The sliding side doors are ideal when parking in tight spaces and the placement of the handbrake to the right of the driver's seat keeps the floor between the front seats clear.’
    • ‘Steering is very light and the car is surprisingly flexible; the turning circle is quite tight, making it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces once you've got used to the size.’
    • ‘But space restrictions at the terminal will force drivers to undertake tricky reversing manoeuvres in and out of tight spaces.’
    • ‘Triumph engineers believed that women were unable to park or manoeuvre in tight spaces and so the car had to be able to turn on a sixpence.’
    • ‘Be assured, this latest XJ is compact enough to fit into a normal-size garage, and can easily cope with the tight spaces of multi-storey car parks.’
    • ‘This mysterious gene enables men to squeeze into unfeasibly tight spaces.’
    • ‘At one point space was so tight, two classes were even being taught in one room.’
    • ‘That's a lot of potentially dangerous people crammed into a tight space.’
    • ‘This needle allows the surgeon greater control when placing the suture in tight spaces, such as the vomer area or posterior pharynx.’
    • ‘Their small size and maneuverability allows them to operate in tight spaces.’
    • ‘Maneuvering within a tight space requires skill on the part of the operator, as well as precise equipment.’
    • ‘A laundry room that serves multiple functions is essential when space is tight.’
    • ‘The steering is light and makes the Fabia very easy to place and manoeuvre around tight spaces.’
    • ‘I moved forward as much as the tight space would allow, and, propped on my elbows, pressed my lips against hers, our noses colliding.’
    • ‘Deneb didn't even sleep in a bedroom, as he couldn't stand the room's tight spaces.’
    • ‘It's just ideal for ‘bringing on’ delicate seedlings where garden space is too tight to allow a proper green house to be built.’
    • ‘It not only helps prevent minor car park knocks, but also helps make light work of manoeuvring in tight spaces.’
    • ‘Parking in tight spaces can be just as much of a trial for supermini drivers.’
    • ‘Her long legs were going numb already, cramped from the tight space.’
    small, tiny, narrow, compact, poky, limited, restricted, confined, cramped, constricted, uncomfortable, minimal, sparse, inadequate
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    1. 3.1 (of a bend, turn, or angle) changing direction sharply; having a short radius.
      ‘the coach failed to negotiate the tight bend’
      • ‘But he didn't panic and his third effort, from a very tight angle for a left-footed kicker, flew between the posts.’
      • ‘These bends were so tight that only short, relatively ineffective nets could be used.’
      • ‘Gardener has the build to make the most of tight bends and camber of indoor tracks.’
      • ‘Marist doubled their advantage on seven minutes with an excellent score from a tight angle courtesy of the lively corner-forward Brendan Kelly.’
      • ‘McSherry scored an inspirational point from a tight angle when he was forced to shoot from the right corner.’
      • ‘‘It was a great goal, a tight angle and he struck through the ball really well,’ said Levein.’
      • ‘‘I had just started the ascent of Angliru and was taking one of the tight bends when my wheel just skidded out from under me,’ he recalled.’
      • ‘The angle was tight and his attempt at a difficult chip landed well wide.’
      • ‘When it's not being screamed around tight bends at full chat, the car is still a rounded prospect.’
      • ‘They will also be racing on the wider expanses of a course that offers a much fairer test of ability than the tight turns and short straight at the Valley.’
      • ‘Not even big humps can unsettle the Hydractive suspension which also stops the car rolling severely in tight bends.’
      • ‘Remember, short, tight turns are essential to controlling your speed on the steeps.’
      • ‘It will go at a fairly leisurely speed of 22.4mph but Mike says there are some fairly tight bends.’
      • ‘Two of these were from tight angles on the right.’
      • ‘I warmed up a bit as I climbed the slopes of Stake Hill where the path joins a wider track and then, shortly after, makes a very tight bend to the left.’
      • ‘Time and again I drive around a tight bend to be confronted by a high-speed bike haring towards me on my side of the road, having taken the bend way too wide.’
      • ‘Everyone is happy, especially Wilkinson, because he kicked well and finished with six out of seven from a tight angle by a corner post.’
      • ‘And when Dargo received the ball from Boyd's pass across the face of goal, the tight angle saw him hit the side-netting rather than the back of the net.’
      • ‘A useful escape tactic to a prey is to initiate a turn before predator closure and rely on a tight turn radius for escape.’
      • ‘His shot, from a tight angle, was parried by Glavey for a corner.’
    2. 3.2 (of money or time) limited or restricted.
      ‘David was out of work and money was tight’
      ‘an ability to work to tight deadlines’
      • ‘Money was so tight that even my mother was working part-time.’
      • ‘Many new systems involve longer lead times for delivery that are unacceptable in tight building construction schedules.’
      • ‘Adam was getting the feeling that money was tight for her.’
      • ‘He knew that her expenses were tight; that she barely had enough money to take care of herself.’
      • ‘Sure, money is tight, but I've already accepted that will always be the case.’
      • ‘It was hard at times, like when money was tight, but all in all, he was great.’
      • ‘Money was tight; he couldn't afford the trips on his salary as a counselor at St. Petersburg College.’
      • ‘‘We know money is tight, but a contribution would let the veterans know they were remembered,’ said Bob.’
      • ‘Money is tight all the time and we don't have enough reporters.’
      • ‘But it will take some time, particularly with tech spending so tight.’
      • ‘Money is tight and the government needs to know where to target its funding.’
      • ‘The main criterion for picking a place to go is money, and money is tight at the moment.’
      • ‘If money is tight and restricting you from having the flowers you dream of then why not consider making your own bouquet.’
      • ‘Everything was falling into place but money was tight.’
      • ‘The lack of any guarantee of a useful result makes R and D an expense which is often cut when funds are tight.’
      • ‘Time was tight, and a ship and some free labor were needed.’
      • ‘As a result money is tight, but everyone's been changing their investment goals this year.’
      • ‘Local authorities say it's because they've been advised by the federal agencies that foot the bill that money is tight.’
      • ‘The captain of the survey ship was on a tight schedule, so he made note of the readings in his log and then the ship came about and returned to the Empire.’
      • ‘Even on a tight budget, we spent a day falling over on the nursery slopes on Coronet Peak, and another braving the icy rapids of the Shotover River on a raft, both of which were great experiences.’
      scarce, scanty, scant, skimpy, meagre, sparse
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  • 4(of a formation or group) closely or densely packed together.

    ‘he levered the bishop out from a tight knot of clerical wives’
    • ‘Gophers clump their mounds together in tight groups, and these are flatter and fan-shaped with off-center holes.’
    • ‘The fighters of Alpha Squadron and Daemon Squadron roared through the void in a tight formation.’
    • ‘Behind him, the capital ships were starting to shift, trying in vain to get out of their tight formation.’
    • ‘In the daytime you fly a bit loose so you can help watch for enemy planes instead of concentrating on holding a tight formation.’
    • ‘We stayed together in a tight group as we approached the house.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the race among the leaders continued to ‘come together in a tight pack,’ Brooks says.’
    • ‘Several green creatures were marching by in tight formation.’
    • ‘Three Tiger Moths from Luskintyre flew over the parade in tight formation.’
    • ‘They carefully engaged themselves into it, floating in a tight formation.’
    • ‘Ten minutes ago two attack helicopters peeled off overhead, circling London in tight formation and I could see police launches on the Thames.’
    • ‘She fell in beside Walter, behind Bill, and smirked gently as she realized they were in a tight formation themselves.’
    • ‘Tirk pushed the accelerator to the floor, and as he did so, the four motorcycles fell into a tight formation round him.’
    • ‘She ran on to one of the paths, the only way that the trees weren't so packed tight together.’
    • ‘Derek was soon in formation and gently brought the rare Curtiss into a tight formation for our cover and centerspread.’
    • ‘The air was real smooth and was ideal for tight formation flying.’
    • ‘Botrytis bunch rot is especially severe in grape cultivars with tight, closely packed clusters of fruit.’
    • ‘Our team is really tight so it's hard, but at the same time everybody is always looking out for the new kids.’
    • ‘They held together and went down the street in tight formation, flanked by cops on all sides.’
    • ‘It spun, out of control, into three of the others which were in tight formation.’
    • ‘If the air was turbulent, maintaining a tight formation was a real chore.’
    1. 4.1 (of a community or other group of people) having close relations; tight-knit.
      ‘New York's tight Orthodox Jewish community’
      ‘the folk were far too tight to let anyone know’
      • ‘But generally it was just the local boys, a very tight group, very localized.’
      • ‘Can you tell now, Allison, how tight, how close are these two?’
      • ‘They are a tight community and they work well together.’
      • ‘Everything that I've heard is, especially in this community, the prison parolees are a fairly tight - knit group.’
      • ‘After World War II, the original incentives to remain a tight community faded away.’
      • ‘In the tight mining community where we grew up, everybody is identified by family connections.’
      • ‘Where are the applications for people who live in tight communities of a thousand people and strong local government?’
      • ‘The buildings showed that the Hakka people liked to live together in tight communities.’
      • ‘For all that has happened to him, he is still the product of his background, still the son of a tight community.’
      • ‘They become a pretty tight group, because they socialise together a lot on the Net.’
      • ‘With all of this behind, what's next for this tight group of friends over the next few years?’
      • ‘She's been lucky to work closely with a tight group of artists, meaning that her work is remarkably consistent and remarkably polished.’
      • ‘We are a tight group and share everything with each other, but I am beginning to wonder if I should rethink sharing my encounters with them.’
      • ‘This tight community is reflected in the organization and the fans that come out to games.’
      • ‘The fans at Victoria Park looked after each other, as they would in any tight community.’
  • 5(of a game or contest) with evenly matched competitors; very close.

    ‘he won in a tight finish’
    • ‘I thought it was a tight game, quite competitive, but we maybe just shaded it.’
    • ‘Berard could be the piece the Bruins were missing last season and the offensive boost they need to make the difference during a tight playoff series.’
    • ‘Somewhere between the first and last inning of a tight game, a baserunning play is going to decide it.’
    • ‘He also pitches to the score, working carefully in tight games and challenging hitters with a big lead.’
    • ‘His willingness to handle the scoring burden in tight games was another sign of his maturity.’
    • ‘There isn't a quarterback in the league you'd rather have going for you in the fourth quarter of a tight game.’
    • ‘In what was expected to be a very tight game, the USA and Russia did not disappoint the fans.’
    • ‘And last season excepted, veteran Robert Horry knows how to produce in tight games and the postseason.’
    • ‘He'll also be a voice of calm in the face of adversity that's sure to come in tight games.’
    • ‘The Bucs still have one of the league's least-productive offenses, particularly in tight games.’
    • ‘The team is set offensively in the outfield, so Lewis most often is used as a defensive replacement late in tight games.’
    • ‘Vick doesn't have a lot of experience in tight games in difficult surroundings.’
    • ‘He wants to give his key players more rest, but in tight games his best players need to be on the court as much as possible.’
    • ‘After a tight, tense struggle, the Limerick side came from behind to capture the trophy for the second time in three years, and their fourth ever title.’
    • ‘Given injury worries in the Scotland camp this should be a tight game.’
    • ‘San Diego likely didn't make up 30 games on this team, but if Schmidt can't start 30 games than it will be a tight race.’
    • ‘But I'm sure this Saturday will be a tight contest and the first goal could be crucial.’
    • ‘OK, lets say you're in a tight game and the referee has just made, in your immediate opinion, the worst judgment call you have ever seen.’
    • ‘The White Sox were in a tight race and did not want to play a makeup game in Texas and lose their home field advantage.’
    • ‘Each of those plays could have made a difference in what at the time was a tight game.’
    close, even, evenly matched, well matched
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  • 6British informal Not willing to spend or give much money; mean.

    ‘he is tight with his money’
    mean, miserly, parsimonious, niggardly, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, penurious, scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
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  • 7informal predicative Drunk.

    ‘he got tight on brandy’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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adverb

  • Very firmly, closely, or tensely.

    ‘he went downstairs, holding tight to the bannisters’
    • ‘He shuts his eyes tight, as if trying to quell something terrible.’
    • ‘What do you see when you jam your eyes shut really tight and rub them?’
    • ‘Christopher clenched his jaw and reached out, shutting his eyes tight as he twisted the handle and jerked the door open.’
    • ‘Tom rubbed his forehead and shut his eyes tight.’
    • ‘He shut his eyes tight and shook his head some more.’
    • ‘I shut my eyes tight and said in the calmest voice I could muster, ‘It's Kathy's.’’
    • ‘Trying a desperate attempt to sleep he shut his eyes tight.’
    • ‘Deirdre cast him one last look, then shut her eyes tight.’
    • ‘He shot a large ball of light and I shut my eyes tight.’
    • ‘Today I did nothing more than shut all the windows tight and sit indoors doing my best to think beautiful thoughts.’
    • ‘Silhouette clenched her fists and shut her eyes tight.’
    • ‘Shut your eyes tight and try dancing in absolute darkness, with just the sound of anklets and the music to lead you on.’
    • ‘I rested my forehead on my knees, shutting my eyes tight.’
    • ‘But this one made his jaw clench tight and his teeth rattle a bit.’
    • ‘He cursed his luck and shut his eyes tight, trying to remain motionless.’
    • ‘I shut my eyes tight, trying to block out the sound, like a beating heart.’
    • ‘The mother of the little girl shut her eyes tight, the tears falling more.’
    • ‘Men would shut their doors tight at night, or leave a dog out to sense this mad Trapper.’
    • ‘He shut his eyes tight and forced himself to complete what he had begun.’
    • ‘Robert felt a pang of guilt and shut his eyes tight.’

Phrases

  • run a tight ship

    • Be very strict in managing an organization or operation.

      • ‘And to the sheriff's credit, he runs a tight ship here.’
      • ‘We run a tight ship and keep within our means every year.’
      • ‘We don't want to be blamed for running a tight ship and being prudent.’
      • ‘Wilkinson runs a tight ship, and any privacy is treasured.’
      • ‘‘We have been running a tight ship for many years in terms of financial control,’ said Buchanan.’
      • ‘‘I want to portray an image of success,’ Gerry admits, to show that it's feasible to be organic and still run a tight ship.’
      • ‘From the beginning he needed to run a tight ship; he needed to be seen to be running a tight ship.’
      • ‘He runs a tight ship - no drinking, no drugs, no chatting up girls on set.’
      • ‘Bailey is a bright and likeable woman but it is plain she runs a tight ship.’
      • ‘You can't take public money and not run a tight ship.’
  • a tight corner (or spot or place)

    • A difficult situation.

      ‘her talent for talking her way out of tight corners’
      • ‘Since the third member of the three-man crew was also on leave, it left the department in a tight spot.’
      • ‘I understood perfectly well that I was in a tight spot.’
      • ‘And I wouldn't want to end up in a tight spot if I did meet anyone.’
      • ‘We're in a bit of a tight spot but we're going to have to go out and battle.’
      • ‘My situation left me in a tight spot for consideration: lose a possibly extremely lucrative affair, or risk the permanent loss of my only daughter.’
      • ‘You're in a tight place: you're losing money, and because your machines can only hold a few cans at a time, they're generally sold out.’
      • ‘Sometimes when I find myself in a tight corner, I can calm down and relax.’
      • ‘But soon he found himself caught in a tight corner.’
      • ‘He doesn't hate you, he's grateful to you for helping us out of a tight spot.’
      • ‘But he's clearly not naive enough not to recognise he's in a tight corner.’
      problematic, tricky, delicate, sensitive, controversial, awkward, prickly, thorny
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘healthy, vigorous’, later ‘firm, solid’): probably an alteration of thight ‘firm, solid’, later ‘close-packed, dense’, of Germanic origin; related to German dicht ‘dense, close’.

Pronunciation

tight

/tʌɪt/