One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the rope went taut’
tight, tightly stretched, stretched, rigid, stressed, not slack, not loose
2‘his muscles remained hard and taut’
flexed, tensed, tightened, hard, solid, firm, rigid, stiff, unyielding
3‘he glared at her with a taut expression’
fraught, strained, stressed, tense, drawn, drained, sapped, fatigued, tired
4‘a taut, pacy, absorbing tale of gang life’
concise, controlled, crisp, pithy, sharp, succinct, compact, terse
5‘he ran a taut ship’
orderly, in order, in good order, in good condition, tight, trim, neat, well ordered, well regulated, well disciplined, tidy, spruce, smart, shipshape, shipshape and Bristol fashion
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