to wait and see how a difficult situation develops before taking any action
a strait-laced, inhibited person
a player who lines up near to the tackle
If you hold tight, you put your hand round or against something in order to prevent yourself from falling over. A bus driver might say ' Hold tight! ' to you if you are standing on a bus when it is about to move .
Skin-tight clothes fit very tightly so that they show the shape of your body.
You can say ' sleep tight ' to someone when they are going to bed as an affectionate way of saying that you hope they will sleep well.
an inhibited or excessively self-controlled person
inhibited or conservative in attitude or behaviour
strait-laced and inhibited, as in behavior or attitudes
the combined front and second rows of a rugby union scrum
the prop on the hooker's right in the front row of a scrum
A race is a situation in which people or organizations compete with each other for power or control.
an institution, business, etc. that is highly organized and efficiently run, like a naval vessel on which discipline is strictly enforced
a serious, difficult, or dangerous situation
made as tight as possible by hand
A contest is a competition or game in which people try to win.
If you describe someone as tight-fisted, you disapprove of them because they are unwilling to spend money .
fitting or covering in a close manner
one of a number of forwards who are bound wholly into the scrum
If you describe someone as tight-lipped, you mean that they are unwilling to give any information about something.
a woman's knitted jacket
Controls are the methods that a government uses to restrict increases, for example in prices, wages, or weapons .
Security refers to all the measures that are taken to protect a place, or to ensure that only people with permission enter it or leave it.
to sit tight:
If you sit tight, you remain in the same place or situation and do not take any action, usually because you are waiting for something to happen .
A restriction is an official rule that limits what you can do or that limits the amount or size of something.
in a tight spot:
If you are in a tight spot, you are in a difficult situation.
run a tight ship:
to keep firm control of the way your business or organization is run, so that it is well organized and efficient
If a container is airtight, its lid fits so tightly that no air can get in or out.
in a tight corner:
in a situation which is difficult to deal with or escape from
Something that is watertight does not allow water to pass through it, for example because it is tightly sealed .
keep a tight rein on:
to control carefully; limit
to keep a tight rein on:
If you keep a tight rein on someone, you control them firmly.
in a tight corner/in a tight spot:
If you are in a tight corner or in a tight spot, you are in a difficult situation.
in a corner/in a tight corner:
If you are in a corner or in a tight corner, you are in a situation which is difficult to deal with and get out of.
keep a tight rein on someone or something:
to control someone or something firmly
keep someone on a short leash:
to control someone carefully and only allow them a small amount of freedom to do what they want