Synonyms of tighten in English:
1 when the structure is flat, tighten up the fixing screws
secure, make fast, make more secure, screw up, give an extra turn to
2 he tightened his grip on her arm
strengthen, make stronger, reinforce, harden, consolidate
tighten one's belt
- why dip into our savings, if we can tighten our belts instead?economize, cut back, make cutbacks, make cuts, retrench, husband one's resources, budget, be (more) economical, make economies, be thrifty, be sparing, be frugal, buy (more) cheaply, use less, reduce/decrease wastage, scrimp, scrimp and save, scrimp and scrape, cut corners, draw in one's horns, count the/your pennies, watch the/your pennies;save (money), cut expenditure, cut costs;North American pinch the/your penniesUS dialect rake and scrape
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