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The Sabres created some tense moments in the third period, twice cutting the margin to one goal.

Igor Bobic, a politics reporter at Huffington Post, captured the tense moment in a video he posted on Twitter.

From Fortune

While most advertisers have returned to those channels, there’s a sense that “the next couple of weeks will be tense,” noted one agency executive, adding that agencies “have to be ready to move at any moment” should there be more unrest.

From Digiday

It’s usually billed as a horror comedy or a comedy thriller, but those labels undersell how tense and dark the film gets.

From Vox

Extreme landingsSpeaking of landings, this February a giant A380 aircraft made a tense touchdown in strong crosswinds in London.

They sense you tensing up at peculiar moments, acting skittish, laughing a little too hard, over-feigning outrage or surprise.

She was trying so hard not to smile that her face kept tensing up.

All the while, I was tensing up, knowing that this unexpected time would (and did) make me late for a crucial work appointment.

Barring a little stiffness, which he removed by flexing and tensing his muscles, he felt very strong and capable.

I felt that familiar tightening behind my eyes, that familiar tensing and hunching of my shoulders.

I was esping the muscles in his stomach, under his loose clothing, for that first tensing sign of anger, but nothing showed.

He rode for a quarter 192 of a mile in silence, his muscles slowly tensing as he watched.

She grew rigid under the shock of dire realization, tensing her muscles, without volition, as if to repel attack.


On this page you'll find 50 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to tensing, such as: decrease, deflation, recession, reduction, shrinkage, and abbreviation.

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