tightrope

noun
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

Examples of tightrope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Cheney’s role as vice chair was a narrower tightrope. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Robert Neimeyer, director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, said reopening a site of a mass atrocity can be like walking a tightrope. Aaron Morrison, Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2022 Robert Neimeyer, director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, said reopening a site of a mass atrocity can be like walking a tightrope. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 15 July 2022 Biden will also be walking a tightrope between other political challenges and his promises to prioritize human rights. Editors, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 This season will be a tightrope between pushing for the future and being grounded in the present. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 July 2022 The department’s plans are the latest example of the political tightrope the president is trying to walk. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 Freeman, 60, needs to walk that tightrope while also balancing nostalgia and modern necessities. Neal Rubin, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2022 Nancy Davis, the founder of Quadratic Capital Management, told Fortune Fed officials must walk a tightrope to ensure the best possible outcome for average Americans. Will Daniel, Fortune, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tightrope

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Aug 2022

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“Tightrope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tightrope. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tightrope

tightrope

noun
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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