Phrases with "tightened"

H. G. Wells When Dione M’am heard the news of Uncle Robert’s death, her lips tightened but she betrayed no excess of sorrow. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Jack London Buck tightened the traces, then slacked them for a matter of several inches. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Virginia Woolf They saw a man and woman lying on the ground beneath them, rolling slightly this way and that as the embrace tightened and slackened. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

So I tightened my blanket roll yet again, and set off bravely at a swinging pace. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Some of the songs were rough, and though Paula tried to reconcile herself to the fact that Anson had few verbal inhibitions, her lips tightened with shame and distaste. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Rafael Sabatini But the deputy, thoroughly enraged by now, tightened his grip, and began to thrust the other towards the door. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Willa Cather Suddenly his arms tightened and he almost crushed her. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Gustave Flauber In order that the twin tensions might completely correspond, the ropes as they were tightened were struck on the right and left alternately until both sides gave out an equal sound. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was saying some last word to her, but the eagerness in his manner tightened abruptly into formality as several people approached him to say good-bye. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Leon Trotsky The labor section of the Russian colony in Paris tightened its ranks about the Nashe Slovo, giving it the support needed to keep it afloat through constant financial and other difficulties. My Life by Leon Trotsky

G. K. Chesterton A length of his own infallible fishing line was twisted and tightened twice round his throat and then twice round the wooden prop behind him. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

His grasp on it tightened ever so little, but in an unmistakable manner, and she instantly gave up the attempt. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

But Sweetwater’s hand only tightened on my shoulder, while Arthur, with an awful look at me, caught his sister in his arms, just as she fell to the ground before the swaying multitude. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Abraham Merri Suddenly the cube that held me tightened its grip; tightened it so that it drew me irresistibly flat down upon its surface. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton She tightened her fierce hold about his neck. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

What was she to do? Her little arms tightened in despair against her bosom. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Marie Corelli His dark brows met in a frown of menace and his lips tightened with his repressed fury. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Abraham Merri She tightened her grasp upon dreaming Ruth; motioned us to go within. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Benjamin Disraeli He was a very stout man, with a prodigious paunch, which his tightened dress set off to great advantage. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Eliot He tightened his arm almost convulsively round Maggie as she sobbed, but his face looked rigid and tearless, his eyes blank — as if a black curtain of cloud had suddenly fallen on his path. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Jack London The circle had tightened till he could feel the breaths of the huskies on his flanks. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

George Meredith Coming to this point, the knot of his resolve tightened again; he hugged it with the furious zeal of a martyr. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

He seemed to hear yet so plainly the clatter and bangs of the iron slice flying about his ears that he tightened his grip to prove to himself he had it there safely in his hand. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He tightened his grip upon the protesting professor and increased his speed. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Thomas Wolfe Reade and his wife waved, and they waved back, and something tightened in George’s throat. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Leaping quickly out of the water, he leaned against a rock, tightened his muscles, and braced himself against the impending charge. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells He felt his stem going down, his hands tightened on the levers, whirled and rammed the engine back. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Rafael Sabatini Marzak tightened his lips, realizing how completely he had been outwitted. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

I tightened my embrace in time, gasping out: “No — you don’t!” as if she were my mortal enemy. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson She tightened her lips; her big eyes were very solemn. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Algernon Blackwood I felt his presence; the old magic of his personality tightened up a thousand loosened threads; belief was unwillingly renewed. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

By twisting this stick, the noose is tightened and suffocation is produced. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

D. H. Lawrence And feeling her soft against him, so perfectly and wondrously soft and recipient, his arms tightened on her. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Radclyffe Hall Mrs. Ogden tightened her lips; she assumed her stubborn expression. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

But an instant removed the hope Rashleigh was forming that the wretch had at last got his deserts, for the bushranger sternly compressed his lips and tightened his grasp of the bough that upheld him. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

F. Scott Fitzgerald His hands in the pockets of his dinner-jacket tightened spasmodically. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

The old physical pain, which only loosed him at intervals, tightened its thongs. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Edith Wharton His impulse was to fling the paper down, to hurl it as far from him as he could; but a grim fascination tightened his hold and drew his eyes back to the hated head-line. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Abraham Merri Afraid! Of course it had been fear that had wet the palms of my hands, and had tightened my throat so my heart had beaten in my ears like drums. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell But Bridget tightened her hold upon my arm. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Henry James Then of a sudden, through this tightened circle, as at the issue of a narrow strait into the sea beyond, everything broke up, broke down, gave way, melted and mingled. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Some one in front of me tightened a belt on a stiffly silent person in civil clothes with dischargebadge. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Where am I to look for it?” He tightened his grasp about her. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

D. H. Lawrence Then his arm tightened almost convulsively upon her, and he said, half timidly: “Did you sleep well?” “Very well. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Angelo tightened the buckle at his waist. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

She found herself entangled in a net, and each movement far from freeing her, tightened the meshes around her. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith It is a chord of one note, that is tightened to sound by the violent summons to accept, which is a provocation to deny. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Louisa May Alcott It came to her then more bitterly than ever that Beth was slowly drifting away from her, and her arms instinctively tightened their hold upon the dearest treasure she possessed. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

I’d do more than that for Fionn.” He tucked and tightened the animal into his breast, and marched moodily up and down the room. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

D. H. Lawrence The suspense only tightened at his heart. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells He says he thought of the old tales of witchcraft — the thing was so utterly unlike any animal he knew, and he tightened his hold on the reins for fear of the fear of his horse. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Asiatics do not wink when they have outmanoeuvred an enemy, but as Mahbub Ali cleared his throat, tightened his belt, and staggered forth under the early morning stars, he came very near to it. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

His attempts to struggle only tightened the constriction, so he gave up the contest. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

When the damned pray to Erlik there is a darkness that gathers like a brown mist —” Her voice ceased; her hands tightened on the arms of her chair. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Sinclair Lewis My, it’s rough!” In his agitation he tightened his fingers on her wrist. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton The youth’s features were tightened by a smile that was like the ligature of a wound. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She tightened her grasp upon her companion’s arm. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Keen hawk-eyes had seen much more than they appeared to, and, at this first real rebellion of the slave he had taken unto himself, old Robinson tightened his grip in a very disconcerting manner. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

But as his hand tightened on it, a voice said: “Mr. Drayton?” “Yes?” Jonathan said morosely. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jules Verne Will Halley, with many an oath, called his men, tightened his topmast cordage, and made all snug for the night. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Jacques Futrelle It was the most exasperating incident of a long series of exasperating incidents, and the Girl’s grip on the bag tightened a little. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

He tightened it, but she seemed to fall through it as a hurt dove through the air by which it should be supported. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope It was but for a moment she relaxed her hold; and then again she tightened her fingers round her mother’s hand, and held it in a firmer grasp. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon In desperation the World Government tightened its grip on the women. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

He tightened his clutch on his valise, and, turning his back on them and their uproar, tried to brave it out and stand where he was. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell It seemed as if it fascinated him to see her push it up impatiently, until it tightened her soft flesh; and then to mark the loosening — the fall. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Charles Dickens For, now, the rope came in, tightened and strained to its utmost as it appeared, and the men turned heavily, and the windlass complained. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

H. G. Wells They tightened up the disciplines of the Modern State Fellowship, and nevertheless the proportion of the Fellowship increased until it bade fair to become the larger moiety of adult mankind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins Look!” She tightened her hold round his neck, and gave him — ostentatiously gave him — the kiss which he was ashamed to give her. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

We’ve tightened up the screws in Juventus, and I daren’t let you go now. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Then, while Mary’s face hardened into a sort of strong despair, Eleanore tightened her lips and coldly replied, “I do not see as it is so very strange. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Then he tightened the cloth of his trousers by lifting his knee and struck a match along the underside of his thigh. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

D. H. Lawrence Only his eyes tightened and became fixed and intent in their watching like a cat’s when suddenly she sees something and stares. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells But her muscles tightened as she read: “Dear Miss Stella Kentlake, “I want to see you if possible right away. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Algernon Blackwood I compass Creation.’” But already I began to hum my songs, though to please him I kept the music low, and he, dear Fillery, did not bid me stop, but only tightened his grasp upon my hand. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arnold Bennett Then there was a long interval, an interval that tightened the nerves of the assembly. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

She raised her head contemptuously; her fingers tightened about the fan, and one of the sticks broke with a little crack that sounded in Christabel’s ears like a pistol shot. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Sinclair Lewis She tightened her arms round him, she muttered, “So much, missed you so much. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Gustave Flauber Some former caravan-leaders tightened their waists with ropes. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Anthony Trollope How could he answer to such an appeal? He said nothing; but merely tightened his grasp of the other’s hand, to signify that he would do, as best he could, all that was asked of him. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Lady Mary’s hand suddenly tightened upon his arm. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

At a quiet place on a safe street I tightened the line of my custodian in front of an attractive, refined saloon. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Jules Verne To make security doubly sure, he tightened them, and the worst that could now happen would be, that the raft would drift out on to the lagoon, which was not large enough to be lost upon it. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing Do you know where the Caledonian Road is?’ Lydia tightened her embrace, as if shame and hardship still threatened her dear one and she would guard her from them. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Soon her warp tightened and her nose swung slowly round; only her stern bumped now, and that with decreasing force. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Wilkie Collins Ha! ha!” She stopped for a moment, her arms tightened over her bosom, and she laughed to herself — a hard, harsh, angry laugh. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence The child was like a bond round her brain, tightened on her brain. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Leon Trotsky When we tightened up on the discipline, Zhivodyor turned bandit. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jack London But to his surprise the rope tightened around his neck, shutting off his breath. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

D. H. Lawrence He tightened his grasp on her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Would they drive, as von Brüning had done a week ago? I tightened my belt, stamped my mud-burdened boots, and thanked God for the Munich beer. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Katherine Mansfield She wrenched herself away, tightened herself, drew herself up. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Radclyffe Hall But if he did hurt it was not reflected on Elizabeth’s face; her lips tightened a little, that was all. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Hugh tightened his hold with his right hand, for his left was paralysed. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

D. H. Lawrence And his arms tightened on her, his hands spread over her loins, warm as flame on her loveliness. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Beauty Smith tightened the thong again, and White Fang crawled limply and dizzily to his feet. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jules Verne It tightened at once; he began the ascent. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

H.G. Wells The music was so sweet and keen, it came so near to the thought of her heart, that presently one band tightened on the other, and the tears came streaming down her face. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

H. G. Wells I was jerked back as the rope tightened between the boats. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Bram Stoker Quincey Morris tightened his belt with that quick movement which I knew so well. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Jack London It fluttered and tightened again. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Mr Warburton tightened his grip and pulled her against him. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

With a gasp of fierce joy, Boots tightened his hold, rolled off from Kennedy — who, he greatly feared, was by this time smothered in the mud — and got his knees under him. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Gaskell Could he be playing the same game with Sylvia? Philip set his teeth and tightened his lips at the thought of it. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Wilkie Collins Her lips closed, and her clasped hands tightened mechanically round her knees. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Bram Stoker Seeing that they were surrounded the men tightened their reins and drew up. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle Tomorrow the loose settings shall be tightened by an expert goldsmith, and so passes the greatest danger to which, since the destruction of the Temple, the urim and thummim has been exposed. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anthony Trollope Katie tightened her gloves, gave her dress a little shake, looked at her shoes, and then the work of the evening began. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

He had already tightened it, but perhaps he had made it too tight. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

David tightened his arm round her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

He had taken up his pistol again, why he hardly knew, and as Sweetwater began his marks, his fingers tightened on its butt till they turned white in the murky lamplight. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Morrison He gave a hitch to his trousers-band, tightened his belt, and was ready. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Radclyffe Hall Something in the queer, vital strength of that hand stirred her deeply, so that she tightened her fingers: What in the Lord’s name are you?’ she murmured. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald Still holding her hand, he drew her close and tightened his arm around her in the darkness. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

As soon as the cord tightened up, it carried the lever across the bowl until it struck the little bottle and knocked it over. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

There he took off the mare’s pads, while I tightened the girths and started to walk keeping the mare between me and the Indians and my ears cocked for the slightest sound. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Meredith But such are women!—precisely because of his holding back he tightened the cord attaching him to her tenacious heart. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Jack London He had gripped me by the biceps with his single hand, and when that grip tightened I wilted and shrieked aloud. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She tightened her arms until they ached, tauted the thin strips of muscle under her soft flesh, and with a mighty effort raised it and held it. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence As they watched the night stretch far out, her arms tightened round his waist, and he pressed his elbows to his side, pressing her arms closer still. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe But these garters are found to be tightened, by the setting back of a clasp, in just such a manner as her own had been tightened by Marie shortly previous to her leaving home. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Graul’s right arm tightened about his wife’s waist, but his left hand did no more than grasp the rein. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

D. H. Lawrence Instinctively with an instinct of reverence and gratitude, her arms tightened in a little embrace upon him who held her thoroughly embraced. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Rafael Sabatini Suddenly he tightened his grasp of Tsamanni’s arm and a quick interest leapt into his sallow face. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

E. Phillips Oppenheim Ada tightened her clasp upon his arm, her little round face on fire with indignation. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle No threats of mine could induce them to give up the Countess. We tightened the cord. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then his finger tightened on the trigger. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edith Wharton The blood rose to his neck and temples, and he tightened his hand on the arm of his chair. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Jack London Then the rope tightened mercilessly, while Buck struggled in a fury, his tongue lolling out of his mouth and his great chest panting futilely. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

He fidgeted about, examining his rifle and pistols, tightened his belt, and looked in the direction of his horse. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Jules Verne There was not a sheet which was not tightened not a sail which was not vigorously hoisted; not a lurch could be charged to the man at the helm. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling It was an easy age before Rome tightened the screw as to clerical connections. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle His face was craggy and stern, with large harsh features, shaggy over-hanging brows, high-bridged fleshy nose, and a full-lipped mouth which tightened and set when he was angry. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

A tightened head-band allegedly alleviates headache, and a magic string would be expected to cure most other complaints. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

It would take less time!’ But, as often as this contingency presented itself, his thin hand involuntarily tightened the reins. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Isabella Bird Persia has undoubtedly tightened her grip upon them, and she is sucking their life-blood out of them. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

He tightened the girth and made for the start. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

F. Scott Fitzgerald He knew what was coming now, and his muscles physically tightened as he mustered his forces for the refusal he would have to make. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Victor Hugo They tightened their mutual grasp in a sort of sidereal chiaroscuro, full of perfumes, of gleams, of music, of the luminous architecture of dreams. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Flora had tried more than once to free herself, but he tightened his grasp of her arm each time and even shook it a little without ceasing to speak. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Ford Madox Ford She had actually tightened up a loose glove button for him. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

H. G. Wells It was quite horrible having his ankle gripped like that, and Mr. Bensington tightened his hold on the iron staple above to a drowning clutch, and gave a faint squeal of terror. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

He bent his head over the strings, plucked one, tightened a peg, plucked it again, then set the instrument on the table, and dropped on to the mattress. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She tightened her grasp upon his arm. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George Meredith The pork-butcher’s throat sounded, as it were, commas and colons, punctuations in his reflections, while he tightened fingers along the iron lump. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

The grip on her arm relaxed, and then was so tightened that she squealed again in protest. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Sinclair Lewis She sighed blissfully and moved closer and his fingers tightened on her knee, and he was at once in ecstasy and conscious that his right leg was cramped. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Gaston Leroux With a turn of the wrist, Erik tightened the noose round his adversary’s neck and, in this fashion, dragged him before the little sultana and her women, who sat looking from a window and applauding. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Olaf Stapledon The exigencies of war, abroad and at home, and the exigencies of class-domination, tightened discipline in every sphere. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arnold Bennett And then by an illusion of her wrought nerves, tightened minute by minute throughout the day, she began to fancy that her sciatica was easier. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The grip of his limbs tightened again, but the pain had ebbed away and the trembling had stopped, leaving him merely weak and cold. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Edith Wharton The network of circumstance had tightened round her, and every effort to escape drew its meshes closer. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then as he saw the tiny blade in Nigel’s hand the greatness of the advantage came home to him, and a cruel smile tightened his loose lips. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

She had given a little laugh, but she was frightened, he knew, for she trembled in the grasp he tightened on her arm. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

Abraham Merri So I tightened my belt and glanced back at Jim, close upon my heels. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Victor Hugo The bitter north-wester was blowing; he tightened his rough sailor’s jacket about his chest. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins Luca tightened his hold on the priest’s arm, and looked into his face with breathless, speechless eagerness. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]