adj., adv.
1 not loose
be, feel, look, seem
become, get, go

Those jeans are getting too tight for me.

The rope suddenly went tight.

hold, hold on

‘Hold tight!’ She increased her grip.

clamp sth, clench sth, close sth, draw sth, pull sth, shut sth, squeeze sth, stretch sth, tie sth, wrap sth

His jaw was clenched tight.

Every muscle in her face was drawn tight.

Shut your eyes tight.

The cloth was stretched tight over the frame.

keep sth, make sth

Keep the rope tight.

clutch sb/sth, grip sb/sth, hold sb/sth, hug sb/sth

He held his children tight.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
a little, slightly, etc.
2 with not much time/money to spare
be, look, seem

I think we'd better leave—time's getting very tight.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
a little, slightly, etc.
3 controlled very strictly
be, seem

Security at the airport remains tight.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
Tight is used with these nouns: ↑ball, ↑bandage, ↑bend, ↑blockade, ↑blouse, ↑bowling, ↑budget, ↑bun, ↑check, ↑chest, ↑circle, ↑close-up, ↑clothes, ↑clothing, ↑coil, ↑collar, ↑confines, ↑connection, ↑constraint, ↑contest, ↑control, ↑cordon, ↑corner, ↑curl, ↑curve, ↑deadline, ↑dress, ↑elastic, ↑embrace, ↑feeling, ↑finance, ↑finish, ↑fist, ↑fit, ↑focus, ↑formation, ↑game, ↑grasp, ↑grip, ↑group, ↑hold, ↑huddle, ↑hug, ↑jeans, ↑jumper, ↑knot, ↑lid, ↑limit, ↑link, ↑margin, ↑mouth, ↑muscle, ↑pants, ↑race, ↑regulation, ↑restriction, ↑schedule, ↑security, ↑shirt, ↑shorts, ↑shoulder, ↑skirt, ↑squeeze, ↑strap, ↑string, ↑T-shirt, ↑top, ↑trousers, ↑turn, ↑waist
Tight is used with these verbs: ↑clamp, ↑clench, ↑hang, ↑hug, ↑stretch, ↑wind

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