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adj. taut·er, taut·est
a. Pulled or drawn tight; not slack. See Synonyms at tight.
b. Flexed or not loose: taut muscles.
c. Strained or tense: taut nerves.
a. Kept in good order; trim: a taut ship.
b. Marked by the efficient, sparing, or concise use of something, such as language or detail: a taut movie script.

[Middle English tohte, distended, perhaps ultimately from Old English togian, to drag; see tow1.]

taut′ly adv.
taut′ness n.
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Adv.1.tautly - in a taut manner; "the rope was tautly stretched"
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[ˈtɔːtlɪ] ADV (lit) [stretch] → con tersura (fig) [say] → con voz tensa, con voz crispada
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But, at the same time, even the faces that were most exposed to view, and therefore most tautly under control, disclosed a sudden impulsive tremor which, unless directly checked, would have developed into an outburst of laughter.
Holding it tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up and down between your teeth.
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High-tension cable wires, if they must be exposed as they are, need to be secured tautly and away from public harm.
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Upper-gallery trumpets here had also figured in a neat little opener, Carrier, by Belgian post-grad student Maya Verlaak, a three-minute fanfare based on acronyms of ACBH, as blazing as anything by Janacek, and tautly delivered under Christopher Houlding.