I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.
Carl's own nerves grew tauter and tauter as he saw the manager's restless foot and the mechanic's tension.
Stays and braces grew tauter and tauter, studden sail-booms cracked, and the topgallant masts bent like willow wands.
The rope was clearly getting “tauter”; discipline was gradually assuming its sway, the circles around me smaller and smaller.
Every step it became tauter and tauter, until at last you might have played a tune upon it.