tightwire

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

tight +‎ wire.

Noun[edit]

tightwire (plural tightwires)

  1. A tightrope.
    • 1988 April 8, Cerinda Survant, “The Man Who Made History Dance”, Chicago Reader:
      The Chinese Conjurer's dramatic jumps, flexed wrists, and endless fingers are fascinating; the Acrobats, whose dance suggests tumbling, juggling, and walking on the tightwire, display a breathtaking virtuosity; the Little American Girl's pyrotechnical performance is pretty and pert; and the two men in a horse suit almost inevitably reduce the audience to helpless laughter.