More elegant design, tighter security, fewer bugs—these are the payoffs for those who obey.
A country with falling production doesn't need to worry about tighter quotas.
The former congresswoman has advocated for tighter gun laws after being the victim of a near-fatal shooting in Tucson in 2011.
I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.
The antidote to both dangers—fireworks and drunk driving—is the same: tighter regulation.
When Ben died the case had grown smaller and tighter until it cut like a metal band.
He clung the tighter to her, and kneaded her fingers in a way that was almost maddening.
tighter and tighter Grant drew his lines about the city, where, every day, the suffering became more intense.
The tighter the boiler, the less it whistles and sings at its work.
Nay, as good as told me that she merely flirted with me to fix your chains the tighter.
mid-15c., "dense, close, compact," from Middle English thight, from Old Norse þettr "watertight, close in texture, solid," from Proto-Germanic *thenkhtuz (cf. second element in Old English meteþiht "stout from eating;" Middle High German dihte "dense, thick," German dicht "dense, tight," Old High German gidigan, German gediegen "genuine, solid, worthy"), from PIE root *tenk- "to become firm, curdle, thicken" (cf. Irish techt "curdled, coagulated," Lithuanian tankus "close, tight," Persian tang "tight," Sanskrit tanakti "draws together, contracts").
Sense of "drawn, stretched" is from 1570s; meaning "fitting closely" (as of garments) is from 1779; that of "evenly matched" (of a contest, bargain, etc.) is from 1828, American English; that of "drunk" is from 1830; that of "close, sympathetic" is from 1956. Tight-assed "unwilling to relax" is attested from 1903. Tight-laced is recorded from 1741 in both the literal and figurative senses. Tight-lipped is first attested 1876.