Videos show food lines bulging with tiny bodies pressed together so tightly you worry as much about suffocation as starvation.
Obama's presidency is tightly White House driven and she is not the only player on a tight leash.
That was accomplished by cops such as the one whose picture was clutched so tightly by his widow on Sunday.
The steering wheel was bent forward, indicating that she was probably holding it tightly when the car hit the concrete wall.
The number of passes was tightly restricted to keep the bureaucracy at optimal size.
What has happened is this: The gas was tightly compressed in the tank.
He did not heed her warning, but drew her into the shadow and held her tightly to him.
She held on with her hands, as tightly as George Washington did with his claws.
Pour in the pudding, and tie it tightly, leaving room for it to swell.
But Hercules was no whit disheartened, and squeezed the great snake so tightly that he soon began to hiss with pain.
mid-15c., "dense, close, compact," from Middle English thight, from Old Norse þettr "watertight, close in texture, solid," from Proto-Germanic *thenkhtuz (cf. second element in Old English meteþiht "stout from eating;" Middle High German dihte "dense, thick," German dicht "dense, tight," Old High German gidigan, German gediegen "genuine, solid, worthy"), from PIE root *tenk- "to become firm, curdle, thicken" (cf. Irish techt "curdled, coagulated," Lithuanian tankus "close, tight," Persian tang "tight," Sanskrit tanakti "draws together, contracts").
Sense of "drawn, stretched" is from 1570s; meaning "fitting closely" (as of garments) is from 1779; that of "evenly matched" (of a contest, bargain, etc.) is from 1828, American English; that of "drunk" is from 1830; that of "close, sympathetic" is from 1956. Tight-assed "unwilling to relax" is attested from 1903. Tight-laced is recorded from 1741 in both the literal and figurative senses. Tight-lipped is first attested 1876.