Definition of Tighten up

1. Verb. Restrict. "Stiffen the regulations"

Exact synonyms: Constrain, Stiffen, Tighten
Generic synonyms: Bound, Confine, Limit, Restrain, Restrict, Throttle, Trammel



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tighten Up

tight junction
tight junctions
tight lips
tight loop
tight loops
tight money
tight rope
tight ship
tight ships
tight spot
tighten
tighten one's belt
tighten the purse strings
tighten up (current term)
tightened
tightener
tighteners
tightening
tightening your braces
tighteningly
tightenings
tightens
tighter
tighters
tightest
tightfisted
tightfistedness

Literary usage of Tighten up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1920)
"Bend washer over one flat of each nut, tighten up clamp bolt No. ... 1, tighten up on nut No. 2 enough to let shaft run free without end play, ..."

2. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1916)
"Bend washer over one flat of each nut, tighten up clamp bolt No. ... 1, tighten up on nut No. 2 enough to let shaft run free without end play, ..."

3. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1919)
"Bend washer over one flat of each nut, tighten up clamp bolt No. ... 1, tighten up on nut No. 2 enough to let shaft run free without end play, ..."

4. The American Spirit: Letters of Briggs Kilburn Adams, Lieutenant of the by Briggs Kilburn Adams, Arthur Stanwood Pier (1918)
"I don't even tighten up when making landings now, and with high winds, gusty and all, I certainly have had some bumpy rides. Deep love. ..."

5. Steam Engineering on Sugar Plantations, Steamships, and Locomotive Engines by James Stewart (1867)
"tighten up all the set screws, so that the keys will not work out; see that every journal is properly oiled, but only put a few drops on each; ..."

6. Ford Methods and the Ford Shops by Horace Lucian Arnold, Fay Leone Faurote (1915)
"Put on two T-220 nuts and tighten up with two T-753 cotter pins to T-216 bolts. 7. ... tighten up two T-242 nuts and put in two T-82 cotter pins. 9. ..."

7. The Anatomy of the Automobile by Andrew Lee Dyke (1908)
"Then tighten up on the bolt that goes through the connecting rod as much as ... Replace it again in the rod, tighten up on the bolt, place the cranks in a ..."

8. Motion Picture Handbook: A Guide for Managers and Operators of Motion by Frank Herbert Richardson (1916)
"When you think you have it just about right tighten up screw 201 P, P. 2, ... When you have the adjustment made to your satisfaction tighten up screw 49P, ..."

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