tighten

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈtaɪtən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈtaɪtən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(tītn)

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tighten

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. tighten (up) the [bolt, knot]
  2. tighten the [bolt] (up)
  3. tighten down the [bolt]
  4. tighten the [regulations, budget, security]
  5. tighten [controls, the regulations, the rules] on [spending, taxation]
  6. tighten [controls] at [work, school]
  7. tighten security for [the event, the president]
  8. tightened his arms around her
  9. tightened her [grip, fists]
  10. his [chest, muscles, arms] tightened
  11. tighten the purse strings
  12. tightened into [place, position]
  13. tighten by hand
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