tightrope


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tight·rope

 (tīt′rōp′)
n.
1. A tightly stretched rope or a wire, on which acrobats perform high above the ground.
2. An extremely precarious course or situation.

tightrope

(ˈtaɪtˌrəʊp)
n
1. a rope or cable stretched taut above the ground on which acrobats walk or perform balancing feats
2. to be in a difficult situation that demands careful and considered behaviour

tight•rope

(ˈtaɪtˌroʊp)

n.
1. a rope or wire cable, stretched tight, on which acrobats perform feats of balancing.
2. a risky or delicate situation.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tightrope - tightly stretched rope or wire on which acrobats perform high above the groundtightrope - tightly stretched rope or wire on which acrobats perform high above the ground
high wire - a tightrope very high above the ground
rope - a strong line
Translations
حَبل البَهْلَوان
visuté lano
line
kifeszített kötél
lína
vrv
cambaz ipi

tightrope

[ˈtaɪtrəʊp]
A. Ncuerda f floja
to be on a tightrope; be walking a tightropeandar en la cuerda floja
B. CPD tightrope walker Nequilibrista mf, funámbulo/a m/f

tightrope

[ˈtaɪtrəʊp] ncorde f raide
to be walking a tightrope (= in difficult situation) → être sur la corde raidetight-rope walker nfunambule mf

tightrope

nSeil nt; to walk a tightrope (fig)einen Balanceakt vollführen

tightrope

[ˈtaɪtˌrəʊp] ncorda (da acrobata)

tight

(tait) adjective
1. fitting very or too closely. I couldn't open the box because the lid was too tight; My trousers are too tight.
2. stretched to a great extent; not loose. He made sure that the ropes were tight.
3. (of control etc) strict and very careful. She keeps (a) tight control over her emotions.
4. not allowing much time. We hope to finish this next week but the schedule's a bit tight.
adverb
(also ˈtightly) closely; with no extra room or space. The bags were packed tight / tightly packed.
-tight sealed so as to keep (something) in or out, as in airtight, *watertight
ˈtighten verb
to make or become tight or tighter.
ˈtightness noun
tights noun plural
a close-fitting (usually nylon or woollen) garment covering the feet, legs and body to the waist. She bought three pairs of tights.
ˌtight-ˈfisted adjective
mean and ungenerous with money. a tight-fisted employer.
ˈtightrope noun
a tightly-stretched rope or wire on which acrobats balance.
a tight corner/spot
a difficult position or situation. His refusal to help put her in a tight corner/spot.
tighten one's belt
to make sacrifices and reduce one's standard of living. If the economy gets worse, we shall just have to tighten our belts.
References in classic literature ?
From one lofty branch the agile creature swung with Clayton through a dizzy arc to a neighboring tree; then for a hundred yards maybe the sure feet threaded a maze of interwoven limbs, balancing like a tightrope walker high above the black depths of verdure beneath.
The famous Blondin was going to perform on a tightrope in another part of the garden.
Thee wath Tightrope, thee wath, and now thee'th nothing - on accounth of fat.
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A DAREDEVIL woman risked life and limb walking between these cliffs - on a tightrope.
A patient who pretends he is on the tightrope although he knows full well that's not the game.
The stunt set a record for the highest tightrope walk in the Southern Hemisphere.
The government, struggling to soothe its nervous markets and foreign investors, is on a tightrope between reforms and control.
THERE'S a strange little image of a tightrope walker that adorns a statue in the centre of the busy Ladywood Middleway - but few people today know the reason why it's there.
uk rotten don't Jules O'Dwyer, owner of BGT's winning dog act Matisse, has revealed she used a stunt dog to perform the tightrope trick.