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hand tight

or hand-tight

(of a setscrew, nut, etc.) as tight as it can be made by hand, without the aid of a tool.
Origin of hand tight
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She held his hand tight, and tried to walk with him step by step.

  • On the journey, she and Winton were quite silent—but she held his hand tight.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • With a hand tight gripped on his automatic, he made his way into Mine No. 1.

    Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
  • “Shut your hand tight and double up your arm,” he said; and Steve obeyed.

    Steve Young George Manville Fenn
  • "It's a price that I'll gladly pay," cried Dorry, holding her hand tight.

    In the High Valley Susan Coolidge
  • He clenched one hand tight as he concluded: “I can at least clear his memory.”

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • The girl saw him close one hand tight as he added, “If one only knew!”

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands

    Harold Bindloss
  • Holdhold my hand tight, Mary; andand please kiss me, wont you?

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • Sarah leaned forward, one hand tight in Ethel's, one in Gertrude's.

    When Sarah Went to School Elsie Singmaster
  • Listen to me, Badger-face, sez the Friar, grippin his hand tight.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason

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