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1‘when the structure is flat, tighten up the fixing screws’
secure, make fast, make more secure, screw up, give an extra turn to
2‘he tightened his grip on her arm’
strengthen, make stronger, reinforce, harden, consolidate
3‘she tightened the rope about his ankles’
tauten, draw taut, make taut, draw tight, make tight, stretch, strain, extend, make rigid, rigidify, stiffen, tense
4‘my throat tightened’
narrow, become narrow, become narrower, become tight, become tighter, become pinched
constrict, contract, brace, draw in, compress, screw up, pucker, purse
North American squinch
5‘councillors have asked supermarkets to tighten up car park security’
increase, make stricter, make more rigorous, make more stringent, make more rigid, stiffen, heighten, escalate, scale up
informal up, crank up
‘why dip into our savings, if we can tighten our belts instead?’
economize, cut back, make cutbacks, make cuts, retrench, husband one's resources, budget, be economical, be more economical, make economies, be thrifty, be sparing, be frugal, buy cheaply, buy more cheaply, use less, decrease wastage, reduce wastage, scrimp, scrimp and save, scrimp and scrape, cut corners, draw in one's horns, count the pennies, count your pennies, watch the pennies, watch your pennies
cut expenditure, cut costs
pinch the pennies, pinch your pennies
rake and scrape
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