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1‘the tension of the rope’
tightness, tautness, tenseness, rigidity
pull, traction, stress, strain, straining, stretching
2‘the tension was unbearable’
emotional strain, mental strain, stress, anxiety, anxiousness, pressure
worry, apprehensiveness, apprehension, agitation, nerves, nervousness, jumpiness, edginess, restlessness
suspense, uncertainty, anticipation, excitement
informal collywobbles, jitteriness, twitchiness, the jitters, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the shakes, the jumps, jim-jams, the yips
British informal the, the screaming abdabs, the screaming habdabs
Australian rhyming slang Joe Blakes
3‘the coup followed months of tension between the military and the government’
strained relations, strain, unease
ill feeling, friction, antagonism, antipathy, hostility, enmity
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