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to make or become tense

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become taut or tauter

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make taut or tauter

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He rolled upon the ground, fighting, biting, scratching, and roaring; he leaped to his feet and sprang into the air; he charged Tarzan, only to be brought to a sudden stop as the rope securing him to the tree tautened. Then Tarzan stepped in and rapped him smartly on the head with the shaft of his spear.
But before the story commences -- before the plot tautens and Rodriguez's editor can make ever-more frenetic use of jump-cuts -- the camera of DP Alex Catalan is fixed.
Richard Dyer, writing about male pin-ups in 1982, notes that pieces of athletic equipment serve as frequent props in the images of men "caught in the middle of an action." Even when seemingly at rest, Dyer argues, the male model typically "tightens and tautens his body so that the muscles are emphasized, hence drawing attention to the body's potential for action" (270).
Or bathing it, I carefully tuna the right-hand faucet, but it spouts hot water, scalding the baby until its skin tautens and its lace becomes nothing but a red hole of a scream.