tight·​wire ˈtīt-ˌwī(-ə)r How to pronounce tightwire (audio)
: a tightrope made of wire

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web San Diego State University student Angie Nava went from being a shy seventh-grader who didn’t want to be in classes to mastering the tightwire to now returning as a coach. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2022 It’s the imbalance of the offensive results that makes the week coming up a tightwire act. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tightwire was in 1928

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“Tightwire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tightwire. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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