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1‘the tense muscles of his neck’
taut, stretched tight, tight, rigid, stretched, strained, stiff
2‘by five o'clock, Loretta was feeling tense and irritable’
anxious, nervous, on edge, edgy, strained, stressed, under a strain, under pressure, agitated, ill at ease, unrelaxed, in a state of nerves, in a state of agitation, fretful, uneasy, restless, worked up, keyed up, overwrought, highly strung, wrought up, strung out, jumpy, on tenterhooks, on pins and needles, with one's stomach in knots, fidgety, worried, apprehensive, upset, disturbed, panicky
informal with butterflies in one's stomach, a bundle of nerves, jittery, twitchy, in a state, uptight, wired, het up, stressed out, white-knuckled
British informal strung up, stressy, windy
North American informal spooky, squirrelly
NZ Australian informal toey
calm, cool, relaxed
3‘it was a tense moment for everyone’
nerve-racking, stressful, anxious, worrying, concerning, fraught, charged, strained, nail-biting, worrisome, difficult, uneasy, uncomfortable
exciting, cliffhanging, knife-edge, dramatic, volatile, explosive
informal hairy, anxious-making, white-knuckle
1‘Hebden tensed his cheek muscles’
tighten, tauten, tense up, flex, contract, brace, stiffen
screw up, knot, strain, stretch
North American squinch up
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