tight·​rope | \ ˈtīt-ˌrōp How to pronounce tightrope (audio) \

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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Democrats running statewide, especially for federal office, have had to walk a tightrope as the national party is increasingly liberal when compared to the state party. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky makeover: Amy McGrath challenges Mitch McConnell as a pro-Trump Democrat," 9 July 2019 Especially with a blended family, Louise’s tightrope walk between her ex-husband and current husband is fraught at best and explosive at worst. Mary Slosson | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "‘Lifelines’ weaves a web of family drama and cultural nostalgia," 26 June 2019 On Sunday night, the acrobat champion, 40, successfully traversed a 1,300-foot tightrope walk alongside his sister, Lijana, over Times Square in New York City, as shown during ABC’s Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Nik Wallenda and Sister Lijana Successfully Complete High Wire Walk 25 Stories Over Times Square," 24 June 2019 That didn’t stop people from paying to crane their necks to witness the performers drive tiny carriages, jump through tiny hoops and walk a tiny tightrope. Belinda Lanks, WSJ, "‘In Miniature’ Review: Let’s Get Small," 7 June 2019 Use this app, now in Cincinnati This is the tightrope being walked at Olio, a new Italian restaurant in Kenwood. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Olio: Is the Italian plain delicious - or too plain?," 5 June 2019 The couture show was unveiled at the Opera Garnier, there were tightrope walkers, doves, circus magic and the launch of the fragrance Coco. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 Her Circus collection—featuring tightrope walkers and trapeze artists, among others—is displayed on the atelier’s walls. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "A Milan Ceramicist Brings Her Family’s Artisanal Aesthetic to Life at Home," 4 Oct. 2018 That tightrope act is trickier in Latin America, due to political uncertainty, swings in currency values and lagging infrastructure. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Argentinian Company Wants to Build the Amazon of Latin America," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of tightrope

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tightrope

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


tight·​rope | \ ˈtīt-ˌrōp How to pronounce tightrope (audio) \

Kids Definition of tightrope

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

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