tighten

verb
ADVERB
a little, slightly, etc.
considerably
gradually, slowly
suddenly
instinctively, involuntarily, unconsciously

Her fingers tightened unconsciously with every jolt she received.

painfully
up

Can you tighten up the bolts for me?

VERB + TIGHTEN
seem to
feel sth

He felt his stomach tighten.

make sth

His words made her throat tighten.

PREPOSITION
about (BrE), around, round (esp. BrE)

His hand tightened painfully around her wrist.

on

Her grip seemed to tighten on the door handle.

in

He saw his father's jaw tighten in irritation.

into

His mouth tightened into a thin hard line.

with

Her face tightened with pain.

Tighten is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arm, ↑chest, ↑face, ↑fist, ↑grip, ↑hand, ↑jaw, ↑lip, ↑mouth, ↑muscle, ↑noose, ↑shoulder, ↑stomach, ↑throat
Tighten is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ban, ↑belt, ↑blockade, ↑bolt, ↑censorship, ↑control, ↑embargo, ↑embrace, ↑fist, ↑grasp, ↑grip, ↑hold, ↑jaw, ↑knot, ↑loophole, ↑muscle, ↑noose, ↑nut, ↑regulation, ↑rein, ↑restriction, ↑rope, ↑screw, ↑security, ↑strap, ↑string, ↑supervision

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