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adjective tight pronunciation in American English /taɪt/
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  1. 2
    a tight hold or grip is very firm and strong
    a tight grip on the handle of his putter
    1. a.
      firmly fastened in a particular position
      The screw was so tight I couldn’t turn it.
      She had twisted her hair into a tight knot.
  2. 4
    controlled very carefully and strictly
    Security has been very tight throughout the Prince’s visit.
    tight control of costs
    It was politically desirable to have a tight economic policy.
    1. a.
      done with a lot of skill and care so that mistakes are not made
      a tight performance by the cast
      They kept things tight for the first half of the game.
  3. 5
    if money is tight, you have only just enough
    a tight budget: vacations for people on a tight budget
    money is tight/things are tight: Things will be a little tight for a few months.
    1. a.
      if time is tight, you have so little time that it is difficult for you to do what you need to
      If time is tight, cook the chicken the day before.
      a tight schedule/deadline/timetable: We’re going to be working under a very tight schedule.
    2. b.
      if space is tight, you have only just enough
      You can just about park here, but it’s pretty tight.
      a tight squeeze (=a situation in which there is only just enough space): It’s a tight squeeze for all of you in our little house.
  4. 9
    if your chest or another part of your body feels tight, it feels as if it is being squeezed
    His throat was too tight to allow the words to escape.
  5. 13
    informal, showing disapproval someone who is tight likes to avoid spending money
  6. 14
    informal old-fashioned drunk
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Keep the windows tightly closed.
The skirt fits a little too tightly around the waist.
The campaign had been tightly controlled from start to finish.


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