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Tight(2)

adjective; clipping
Nervous, tense.
 
In sports, ‘tight’ refers to the feeling of nerves in big moments. It’s used to describe a player who is playing tentatively or under his abilities due to the existence of nerves. ‘Tight’ seems to metonymically refer to the actual tensing of one’s muscles when nervous. ‘Did you see how badly he missed the forehand? That was the tightest shot I’ve ever seen.’
Etymology : ‘Tight’ seems to be a clipping of ‘uptight’ which means tense or anxious.
Source : Tennis commentators.
Last modified: 9 December 2010


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