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

  • n. A tightly stretched rope or a wire, on which acrobats perform high above the ground.
  • n. An extremely precarious course or situation.

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  • n. A tightly stretched rope or cable on which acrobats perform high above the ground.

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  • n. tightly stretched rope or wire on which acrobats perform high above the ground


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  • Sneider manages to sustain a delicate balance between caricature and identification in a black comedy that, for the most part, successfully walks that peculiarly Latin American tightrope between soap-opera naturalism and slightly feverish myth.

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  • She zips past me, in a dramatic movie-starrish way, to the center of my living room, where she proceeds to pace back and forth in short tightrope movements.


  • I use an analogy of which I have no actual knowledge — namely tightrope walking.

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  • The tightrope is a fitting visual metaphor seen constantly in the movie as the players, as they do in the ‘play within the play’ in Hamlet, wield power of a sort by confronting the court with things that no member of the aristocracy or monarchy could say outright.

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  • … The one-and-done thing, walking the tightrope is a hard thing, a very difficult thing.

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  • She revels in Pippi's sly adventures, and she is getting exposed to words like "tightrope" and "expedition" that don't usually come up in everyday conversation and will surely come in handy when she sees them in other texts someday.

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  • A powerful edge to ride, a "tightrope" of awareness, requiring our full presence to navigate without falling off.

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  • He told his colleagues they needed to walk a "tightrope" between deficit spending this year, ensuring the fragile recovery continues, and then switching to deficit reduction programs.

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  • Who could possibly walk that kind of tightrope and still believably woo Julia?

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  • So people will be watching very carefully to see what kind of tightrope she manages to walk, mostly because the first lady's job has always been defined as visiting schools and reading to children and picking the china.

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  • The seconds move on (if you watch the clock)

    And the sky grows dark (if you're looking up)

    And the girls move from thrill to thrill on the tightrope walk.

    (Write about love, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 30, 2010