tightrope

noun tight·rope \ ˈtīt-ˌrōp \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of tightrope

1 : a rope or wire stretched taut for acrobats to perform on
2 : a dangerously precarious situation usually used in the phrase walk a tightrope

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First Known Use of tightrope

1801


TIGHTROPE Defined for English Language Learners

tightrope

noun

Definition of tightrope for English Language Learners

  • : a tightly stretched rope or wire high above the ground that a performer walks on, does tricks on, etc., especially in a circus


TIGHTROPE Defined for Kids

tightrope

noun tight·rope \ ˈtīt-ˌrōp \

Definition of tightrope for Students

: a rope or wire stretched tight on which an acrobat performs


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