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  • adj. As tight as can be made by the strength of one's hand wielding a standard tool: that is, without special equipment or leverage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. As tight as can be made by the hand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nautical, tight as may be made by the hand; moderately tight. Also hand-taut.


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  • Doriguzzi said the hydrant cap was only hand-tight, indicating someone had tampered with it, since firefighters tighten the caps enough that it takes mechanical help to open them. Home RSS feed

  • One might be extremely tight, then a quite loose one, just barely past hand-tight, followed by another extremely tight.

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