tense up

tense up

verb
1. become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room" [syn: tense] [ant: decompress
2. cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up" [syn: tense] [ant: loosen up
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