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Tense up   /tɛns əp/   Listen
Tense up

Become tense, nervous, or uneasy.  Synonym: tense.
Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious.  Synonyms: strain, tense.

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"Tense up" Quotes from Famous Books

... pull back farther under the sofa. Without stopping to think myself, or giving him time to, I pick him up. Susan arches up and spits. I can feel the muscles in his body tense up as he gets ready to spring out of my lap. Then he changes his mind and decides to take advantage of the lap. He narrows his eyes and gives Susan a bored look and turns his head to take me in. After he's sized me up, he pretends he only turned ...
— It's like this, cat • Emily Neville

Words linked to "Tense up" :   turn, stretch, affect, relax, unstrain, extend, strain, change state

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