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  • adv. In a taut manner, tightly, tensely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a taut manner; tightly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a taut manner


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  • The effect of the false normalcy is to twist the building tensions of subsequent abnormalities all the more tautly.

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  • A tautly told tale of psychological tension and chilling moral complexity, The Last Secret accelerates to a shattering conclusion as it explores the irreparable consequences of one family's crimes of the heart.

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  • Pianoforte, the variation of sound from quiet to loud, is set in motion almost instantaneously as steel strings tautly attached to felt-covered hammers feel the vibration.

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  • As it was not possible to manufacture enormous single sheets of film, each image was a sort of celluloid tapestry, made from 41 strips of positive transparencies later versions used only 20, made on special enlargers in Rochester, N.Y., each piece stretched across a frame and hooked tautly in place over the station floor.

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  • It required an economy of breath to speak, making her voice tautly low and impatient.

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  • A flash of bitter and taunting mockery broke across her tautly held features.

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  • Gorgeously directed by noir master Jule Dassin (The Naked City) and tautly written by A.I. Bezzerides, adapting his own gritty novel.

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  • Those unholy gems spelled it out for you in tautly scripted verse.


  • I was a tight wire inside, stretched so tautly I thought I might break and cry, but I held my breath and kept a firm lid on my well of tears.


  • Yet at his best this director provided thoughtful, tautly paced and satisfying entertainment.

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