tightrope

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noun tight·rope \ˈtīt-ˌrōp\

Definition of tightrope

  1. 1 :  a rope or wire stretched taut for acrobats to perform on

  2. 2 :  a dangerously precarious situation —usually used in the phrase walk a tightrope

1801

First Known Use of tightrope

1801


TIGHTROPE Defined for English Language Learners

tightrope

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noun tight·rope \ˈtīt-ˌrōp\

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

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noun tight·rope \ˈtīt-ˌrōp\

Definition of tightrope for Students

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


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