1 flexed, rigid, strained, stressed, stretched, tense, tight
2 (Nautical) in good order, neat, orderly, shipshape, spruce, tidy, tight, trim, well-ordered, well-regulated
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taut ( tauter comparative) ( tautest superlative )
1 adj Something that is taut is stretched very tight.
The clothes line is pulled taut and secured.
2 adj If someone has a taut expression, they look very worried and tense.
Ben sat up quickly, his face taut and terrified...
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