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 fasten my seatbelt as tight as I can get it and close my eyes as we start.’
    • ‘For increased efficiency, you may have a tendency to fasten your laces very tight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was tight and hard to pull, but I had gotten used to it; having to practice for so long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They should be tied firmly but not be so tight as to cut off circulation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He made sure it wasn't too tight to constrict or break the tender shoot.’
    • ‘After changing and doing her hair into two tight braids, she opened her closet door.’
    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’
      • ‘‘I didn't feel right wearing tight clothes and teaching men at the same time,’ she says.’
      • ‘Forget, if you can for a moment, her tight little body in that tight little uniform.’
      • ‘Don't wear tight clothing or shoes that can cause pressure and blistering.’
      • ‘Never ride in cold weather with tight boots or shoes, nor close-fitting gloves.’
      • ‘He was a rebel child, with the long hair and the tight clothes.’
      • ‘I like to wear tight clothes because they make me feel good.’
      • ‘Avoid wearing super tight clothes and underwire bras, if necessary.’
      • ‘Like all tight clothes, they can cause indigestion and abdominal pain.’
      • ‘It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.’
      • ‘Do not wear uncomfortable or tight shoes that rub or cut into your feet.’
      • ‘How could she do her work if she was wearing such tight clothes anyway?’
      • ‘Also tighten your shoes well and wear tight socks so that they will not come out of the shoes.’
      • ‘Evans has a pretty face and a body made for tight T-shirts, but he has negligible acting ability.’
      • ‘She dressed in tight clothes and always let her hair down.’
      • ‘She wore tight clothes, mostly tight shirts, and always had her hand on her hip.’
      • ‘They were tight and painful and designed only for one thing, only halfway comfortable when she was lying down.’
      • ‘My cousin was slightly overweight, but the fact that she wore such tight clothes anyway made her intimidating.’
      • ‘I refused to wear tight skirts, waistbands, or uncomfortable shoes.’
      • ‘It was a tight, body fitting, top with a pretty two layered laced skirt.’
      • ‘It should be noted that society was only willing to let these girls be heroines if they wore tight clothes and were beautiful.’
      tight-fitting, close-fitting, narrow, figure-hugging, skintight, sheath-like
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    2. 1.2 (of a grip) very firm so as not to let go.
      ‘she released her tight hold on the dog’
      figurative ‘presidential advisers keep a tight grip on domestic policy’
      • ‘He didn't say a word, just led me up the rest of the steps with a tight grip.’
      • ‘He clutched the flute in his tanned hand, which was slowly turning white at the knuckles because of his tight grip.’
      • ‘His hands had a tight grip on the steering wheel and his posture was anything but relaxed.’
      • ‘Jordan's heart pounded fast as she was caught in the man's tight grip.’
      • ‘Kathy quickly grabbed a hold of my arm and held a firm, tight grip, leading me into the limousine that awaited us.’
      • ‘His grip was tight and firm but it felt loving and soft.’
      • ‘The guard tried to free himself from the tight grip as his face turned a deep shade of red and then went to purple.’
      • ‘Her grip was too tight and I saw her face turn to worry as she examined first my left arm and then my right.’
      • ‘Not only do they survive childbirth and carrying heavy loads, they know how to keep a tight grip on luck, love and happiness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is usually no need to strike, just make sure you have a tight grip on your rod.’
      • ‘Tye caught Freyen's arm in a tight grip and smirked.’
      • ‘His grip was tight and ironlike, and he jerked her forward with a cruel air.’
      • ‘He returned the tight grip causing my gaze to turn up to him.’
      • ‘Flynn wants to keep a tight grip on the purse strings.’
      • ‘This event suggests that they do not have a tight grip on this vital matter.’
      • ‘He made sure to keep a tight grip on it so he wouldn't leave it behind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whilst he's not waving ‘the big black stick’ in anger he certainly has a tight grip on it.’
      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’
      • ‘This feature is especially helpful in tight homes, where appliances compete for less combustion air.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pigs have died after a ventilation failure in a tight building.’
      • ‘If the house is fairly tight, the simplest route for makeup air to enter the structure is often the unused fireplace chimney.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Composed of foam insulation sandwiched between two sheets of oriented strand board, SIPs create a tight home and save lumber.’
      • ‘The bilge pumps may have to run for hours and hours, just dealing with rain driven into a supposedly tight boat.’
      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’
    • ‘It was lying loose and not stretched tight when the drawings were made.’
    • ‘My arms were almost turning purple, the rope was so tight.’
    • ‘I struggled against it, but the ropes were bound too tight.’
    • ‘This she tucked into the folds of her sleeves, securing it at a point where the fabric was tight enough against her body.’
    • ‘Then, he grasped the rope and pulled as tight as he could.’
    • ‘The ropes are stretched tight around the corner posts, to allow for acrobatics from the actual ropes.’
    • ‘Tayler walked over to Andy and used the knife to cut the ropes, Andy flinched because the ropes were so tight.’
    • ‘She also threw on a pair of black slacks that stretched tight over her thin legs.’
    • ‘The ropes were too tight, the gag too entangled in his hair, and the music too loud.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I simply held the fabric tight front and back of the presser foot and let the machine do its work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quickly, he laced the rope between her legs, one over another, until he was certain the rope was tight enough.’
    • ‘A man sat behind a large frame on which a net-like backing had been stretched tight.’
    • ‘He clambers confidently ahead of me, keeping the rope between us tight, stopping at each awkward step to see me safely over.’
    • ‘He enclosed gunpowder in a tight fabric wrapping to create the first safety fuse.’
    • ‘Her wrists were unmovable because the rope was so tight.’
    • ‘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 tentatively pulled her hands; the ropes were tight.’
    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 a part of the body or a bodily sensation) feeling painful and constricted, as a result of anxiety or illness.
      ‘there was a tight feeling in his gut’
      • ‘Early on after my coma the muscles in my body were incredibly tight.’
      • ‘There was a tight feeling in her body that she couldn't describe.’
      • ‘Ian can barely breathe, his lungs are so heavy and his stomach painfully tight.’
      • ‘A tight, constricting pain was setting on her heart, and it unnerved her more than anything, because she knew what it was.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The very thought of this makes my throat tight and my eyes water.’
      • ‘Today I've got the shivers all over my body and a tight band round my forehead.’
      • ‘She felt her face, the skin was tight and painful under her questing fingers.’
      • ‘She was shaking, her body was tight and her eyes were practically bleeding.’
      • ‘The appearance of a tight band around the head or of squeezing pain was significantly associated with muscle tension-type headaches.’
      • ‘Every muscle in his body was tight, and Rion had wondered if he'd frozen like that.’
      • ‘I felt very uneasy, as if my stomach was tight and tense, yet it was sloshing about and very empty.’
      • ‘When the foreskin becomes trapped behind the corona for a prolonged time, it may form a tight, constricting band of tissue.’
    3. 2.3 (of appearance or manner) tense, irritated, or angry.
      ‘she gave him a tight smile’
      • ‘His smile was small and tight, very professional looking.’
      • ‘So she mustered up a tight smile and shook her head.’
      • ‘He consulted his notes for a moment, then gave me a tight little smile.’
      • ‘I turned to look at her and she gave me a tight, angry smile.’
      • ‘But these are sharp little nods, with tight, bright smiles, that say ‘Fine’.’
      • ‘The staff was cagy, but confirmed my suspicion with slight, knowing expressions and small tight smiles of sympathy.’
      • ‘There is something too controlling about Britney with her tanned shiny skin, tight smile and big forehead.’
      • ‘In his tight, angry face we see a lifetime of struggles and disappointments.’
      • ‘‘It's what I'm used to,’ I said with a tight smile, and I knew my eyes were stone cold.’
      • ‘She gave him a tight smile and reached for his hand.’
      • ‘He chuckles, and my tight smile gets a little more real.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Well, he was slim now, and had acquired, as if through plastic surgery of the will, a tight smile that meant to beguile.’
      • ‘Adrienne stood with a tight smile plastered on her face.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I trudged into the kitchen where Okja wore a tight perm and a smile.’
      • ‘They entered the warm study to find the Prince standing behind his desk, waiting with a tight and hard expression.’
    4. 2.4 (of a rule, policy, or form of control) strictly imposed.
      ‘security was tight at yesterday's ceremony’
      • ‘But operating and production costs were kept under tight control, increasing by only 32%.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our security at Los Alamos and all our nuclear facilities is very tight now.’
      • ‘Barclays said it was lending prudently and had tight controls in place.’
      • ‘Security at Irish airports is tight enough to deal with any attempts to smuggle a handgun on board a plane, Aer Rianta said yesterday.’
      • ‘Security chiefs have decided to impose tight controls to prevent terrorists from slipping into the country.’
      • ‘Security at the church was tight, with scores of young people mobilized to scrutinize arrivals and check their bags and identities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The tight House of Lords security did not realise the trick that had been played on them.’
      • ‘Security around the hotel was extremely tight with no-one but those with security clearance getting within the environs of Jessop Street.’
      • ‘These solutions may not be appropriate for some countries, especially those with tight rules on frequency usage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But tight controls on handguns mean that England's murder rate is only one-sixth of America's.’
      • ‘Access to the quarter is controlled by police barricades, and security at the fenced-off US embassy is very tight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are tight rules on the type of properties that qualify for the relief.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's a tight control over what is and is not going out.’
      • ‘And the president has directed that spending be kept under tight controls as well.’
      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’
      • ‘I feel this provides the skills to write tight, clear, and concise papers.’
      • ‘But those seemingly random gags only work effectively when anchored to strong characters and tight story structures.’
      • ‘It's a good, tight, well written speech will lauds us all for showing up.’
      • ‘The guy could convert me to anything, due to his passionate delivery and tight arguments.’
      • ‘It was also necessary to learn how to program incredibly efficiently and write extraordinarily tight code.’
      • ‘It doesn't have the same really tight structure of part I, but it's more epic and touches on a lot more things.’
      • ‘But that's a minor flaw given the tight execution of this concise, effective album.’
      • ‘The film is tight, superbly structured and has a great, ambiguous ending.’
      • ‘The critics are in awe of the play's fast, violent pacing, its tight structure and the humorous Scottish dialect.’
      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 professional; well coordinated.
      ‘the vocalists are strong and the band is tight’
      • ‘A mention must also go to the tight five who scrummaged hard all day and were full of running.’
      • ‘Word spread in the Southwest about the Augusta Futurity's tight organization and added prize money.’
      • ‘With him, Rumsfeld brought a tight group of political appointees who did not inherit the Pentagon in order to pursue business as usual.’
      • ‘Again, expect some great music from this tight group.’
      • ‘We wanted a tight group of resource-providers who were in the region.’
      • ‘They have been playing together for 26 years and it shows; very tight, very together.’
      • ‘‘With Zidane coming back, France will play a tight midfield to allow him to be free and do his own thing,’ he noted.’
      • ‘A tight and disciplined band they are driven by the skills of drummer Rob Townsend.’
      • ‘We sand-rakers are a tight group and while we could rake a mean sand pit in ten seconds, we could never throw anything.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But, they were really tight together and didn't sound at all like a new or high school group.’
  • 3(of an area or space) having or allowing little room for maneuver.

    ‘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 steering is light and makes the Fabia very easy to place and manoeuvre around tight spaces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her long legs were going numb already, cramped from the tight space.’
    • ‘But space restrictions at the terminal will force drivers to undertake tricky reversing manoeuvres in and out of tight spaces.’
    • ‘Their small size and maneuverability allows them to operate in tight spaces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Deneb didn't even sleep in a bedroom, as he couldn't stand the room's tight spaces.’
    • ‘This mysterious gene enables men to squeeze into unfeasibly tight spaces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This needle allows the surgeon greater control when placing the suture in tight spaces, such as the vomer area or posterior pharynx.’
    • ‘Parking in tight spaces can be just as much of a trial for supermini drivers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maneuvering within a tight space requires skill on the part of the operator, as well as precise equipment.’
    • ‘That's a lot of potentially dangerous people crammed into a tight space.’
    • ‘I moved forward as much as the tight space would allow, and, propped on my elbows, pressed my lips against hers, our noses colliding.’
    • ‘At one point space was so tight, two classes were even being taught in one room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A laundry room that serves multiple functions is essential when space is tight.’
    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.
      • ‘Marist doubled their advantage on seven minutes with an excellent score from a tight angle courtesy of the lively corner-forward Brendan Kelly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he didn't panic and his third effort, from a very tight angle for a left-footed kicker, flew between the posts.’
      • ‘His shot, from a tight angle, was parried by Glavey for a corner.’
      • ‘Everyone is happy, especially Wilkinson, because he kicked well and finished with six out of seven from a tight angle by a corner post.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gardener has the build to make the most of tight bends and camber of indoor tracks.’
      • ‘The angle was tight and his attempt at a difficult chip landed well wide.’
      • ‘Remember, short, tight turns are essential to controlling your speed on the steeps.’
      • ‘When it's not being screamed around tight bends at full chat, the car is still a rounded prospect.’
      • ‘Two of these were from tight angles on the right.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘These bends were so tight that only short, relatively ineffective nets could be used.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘McSherry scored an inspirational point from a tight angle when he was forced to shoot from the right corner.’
      • ‘A useful escape tactic to a prey is to initiate a turn before predator closure and rely on a tight turn radius for escape.’
      • ‘‘It was a great goal, a tight angle and he struck through the ball really well,’ said Levein.’
      • ‘Not even big humps can unsettle the Hydractive suspension which also stops the car rolling severely in tight bends.’
      • ‘It will go at a fairly leisurely speed of 22.4mph but Mike says there are some fairly tight bends.’
    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’
      • ‘If money is tight and restricting you from having the flowers you dream of then why not consider making your own bouquet.’
      • ‘Money is tight all the time and we don't have enough reporters.’
      • ‘Money was tight; he couldn't afford the trips on his salary as a counselor at St. Petersburg College.’
      • ‘But it will take some time, particularly with tech spending so tight.’
      • ‘It was hard at times, like when money was tight, but all in all, he was great.’
      • ‘Local authorities say it's because they've been advised by the federal agencies that foot the bill that money is tight.’
      • ‘Many new systems involve longer lead times for delivery that are unacceptable in tight building construction schedules.’
      • ‘Money was so tight that even my mother was working part-time.’
      • ‘Sure, money is tight, but I've already accepted that will always be the case.’
      • ‘‘We know money is tight, but a contribution would let the veterans know they were remembered,’ said Bob.’
      • ‘Everything was falling into place but money was tight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knew that her expenses were tight; that she barely had enough money to take care of herself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Adam was getting the feeling that money was tight for her.’
      • ‘As a result money is tight, but everyone's been changing their investment goals this year.’
      • ‘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.’
      scarce, scanty, scant, skimpy, meagre, sparse
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  • 4(of a formation or a group of people or things) closely or densely packed together.

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

    ‘he won in a tight finish’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Given injury worries in the Scotland camp this should be a tight game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Somewhere between the first and last inning of a tight game, a baserunning play is going to decide it.’
    • ‘The team is set offensively in the outfield, so Lewis most often is used as a defensive replacement late in tight games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He'll also be a voice of calm in the face of adversity that's sure to come in tight games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And last season excepted, veteran Robert Horry knows how to produce in tight games and the postseason.’
    • ‘The Bucs still have one of the league's least-productive offenses, particularly in tight games.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each of those plays could have made a difference in what at the time was a tight game.’
    • ‘I thought it was a tight game, quite competitive, but we maybe just shaded it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In what was expected to be a very tight game, the USA and Russia did not disappoint the fans.’
    • ‘There isn't a quarterback in the league you'd rather have going for you in the fourth quarter of a tight game.’
    • ‘Vick doesn't have a lot of experience in tight games in difficult surroundings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I'm sure this Saturday will be a tight contest and the first goal could be crucial.’
    close, even, evenly matched, well matched
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  • 6British informal (of a person) not willing to spend or give much money; stingy.

    mean, miserly, parsimonious, niggardly, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, penurious, scrooge-like, ungenerous, illiberal, close
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  • 7informal predicative Drunk.

    ‘later, at the club, 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 banisters’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He shut his eyes tight and forced himself to complete what he had begun.’
    • ‘I shut my eyes tight and said in the calmest voice I could muster, ‘It's Kathy's.’’
    • ‘I shut my eyes tight, trying to block out the sound, like a beating heart.’
    • ‘What do you see when you jam your eyes shut really tight and rub them?’
    • ‘He shuts his eyes tight, as if trying to quell something terrible.’
    • ‘Robert felt a pang of guilt and shut his eyes tight.’
    • ‘Trying a desperate attempt to sleep he shut his eyes tight.’
    • ‘I rested my forehead on my knees, shutting my eyes tight.’
    • ‘Deirdre cast him one last look, then shut her eyes tight.’
    • ‘He shut his eyes tight and shook his head some more.’
    • ‘He shot a large ball of light and I shut my eyes tight.’
    • ‘Men would shut their doors tight at night, or leave a dog out to sense this mad Trapper.’
    • ‘Tom rubbed his forehead and shut his eyes tight.’
    • ‘He cursed his luck and shut his eyes tight, trying to remain motionless.’
    • ‘Shut your eyes tight and try dancing in absolute darkness, with just the sound of anklets and the music to lead you on.’
    • ‘The mother of the little girl shut her eyes tight, the tears falling more.’
    • ‘Christopher clenched his jaw and reached out, shutting his eyes tight as he twisted the handle and jerked the door open.’
    • ‘But this one made his jaw clench tight and his teeth rattle a bit.’

Phrases

  • run a tight ship

    • Be very strict in managing an organization or operation.

      • ‘Bailey is a bright and likeable woman but it is plain she runs a tight ship.’
      • ‘‘We have been running a tight ship for many years in terms of financial control,’ said Buchanan.’
      • ‘We don't want to be blamed for running a tight ship and being prudent.’
      • ‘We run a tight ship and keep within our means every year.’
      • ‘You can't take public money and not 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.’
      • ‘Wilkinson runs a tight ship, and any privacy is treasured.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘And to the sheriff's credit, he runs a tight ship here.’
  • a tight corner (or spot or place)

    • A difficult situation.

      ‘her talent for talking her way out of tight corners’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And I wouldn't want to end up in a tight spot if I did meet anyone.’
      • ‘Since the third member of the three-man crew was also on leave, it left the department in a tight spot.’
      • ‘He doesn't hate you, he's grateful to you for helping us out of a tight spot.’
      • ‘I understood perfectly well that I was in a tight spot.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he's clearly not naive enough not to recognise he's in a tight corner.’
      • ‘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.’
      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

/taɪt//tīt/