Definition of tightrope in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪtrəʊp


  • A rope or wire stretched tightly high above the ground, on which acrobats perform feats of balancing: [as modifier]: a tightrope walker figurative he continues to walk a tightrope between success and failure
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    • All useful thought is founded on these two approaches working in tandem and balancing each other the way a long pole balances a tightrope walker.
    • Sometimes, when moving along a large branch, or on the ground, they stand upright with their arms held high for balance, like a tightrope walker.
    • Rocked by this dizzying mix of emotions, you walk a tightrope, balancing your own needs against those of your loved one.


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  • Walk or perform on a tightrope: the man who tightroped across Niagara Falls

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