from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Breton as spoken and written from the 12th to the mid-17th century.


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  • It was just another way of looking at folks and understanding them; he wouldn't see a body's shape or color, but he'd see whether they was sweating or hot or healthy or tensed-up.

    Prentice Alvin

  • After a bit I deliberately loosened a few tensed-up muscles, and said, 'You won't find out that way.

    Whip Hand

  • There was panic, or desperation, as well as fury and the will to live, to triumph no matter what the cost, in his tensed-up features, in his expression, as he screwed up his last powers of resistance.

    Maigret and the Hundred Gibbets

  • She was not afraid, but there rose in her a peculiar tensed-up feeling.

    Big Timber A Story of the Northwest

  • In such a tensed-up state as I cannot describe, nor, at this hour mentally reconstruct, I waited for the creaking of the stairs which should tell of the creature's descent.

    The Devil Doctor

  • Much of the work involves tensed-up muscles and deliberately odd shapes, but Miller seems capable of finding austere beauty in the unexpected and potentially grotesque.

    New York Press

  • Hence, Baba Farid, no less, is being chanted by my thirteen year old sibling; who is, put bluntly, a tensed-up workaholic who simply wants the highest score in every exam or test or assignment she's given.

    Lahore Metblogs

  • The Maître d 'now tensed-up a bit, not knowing whether I would turn ugly and rude back to the bassid.

    Argghhh! The Home Of Two Of Jonah's Military Guys..

  • "It was a way to relax after you'd been all tensed-up for the ski race.

    Sierra Sun - Top Stories


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