tighten the noose

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tighten the noose

: to make a situation more difficult for someone
  • The new tougher penalties will tighten the noose on traffic offenders.
  • They tightened the noose around the enemy by cutting the supply lines.

Word by Word Definitions

tighten play
  1. : to make tight or tighter

  2. : to become tight or tighter

noose play
  1. : a loop with a slipknot that binds closer the more it is drawn

  2. : something that snares like a noose

  1. : to secure by a noose

  2. : to make a noose in or of


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