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
Recent Examples of tightrope from the Web
Republicans have another potentially tricky messaging tightrope to walk:
On the Republican side, GOP frontrunner Ed Gillespie is walking a tightrope.
The subject is a political tightrope for Democrats.
These stresses are exacerbated by the fact that the animals must perform unnatural physical acts: bears trained to prance on tightropes; elephants made to balance on chairs; tigers forced to jump through flaming hoops.
Walking a tightrope, heading soccer balls, hula-hooping.
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First Known Use of tightrope
TIGHTROPE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of tightrope for Students
: a rope or wire stretched tight on which an acrobat performs
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