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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TAUTNESS

His sudden face went from the tautness of his last speech to fear.

Parish Thornton was breathing his words through lips that scarcely moved as he bent forward with the tautness of a coiled spring.

She felt again the muscles of his forearms snap into tautness as he stood silent under her father's insults.

Conscious of the tautness of his own nerves, strung like quivering violin strings.

To me, strung up to a tautness of sensation that almost frightens me, this silence of the Mate is horrible.

The mother gave a sigh of relief, but she did not interrupt, nor did she relax the tautness of her body.

Braceway was amazed by the intensity of Bristow's glance, the tautness of his body, the harsh authority in his voice.

The stranger was a large schooner, and the tautness of the spars and rigging showed that she was in beautiful order.

Claire was conscious of tautness of the cords of her neck in front; of a pain at the base of her brain.

All at once the tautness went out of her, and Sira leaned against the wall, divided between laughing and crying.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., tohte, possibly from tog-, past participle stem of Old English teon "to pull, drag," from Proto-Germanic *tugn, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke (n.)).

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