Definition of tightrope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtaɪtrəʊp//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪtroʊp//
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  • a rope or wire that is stretched tightly high above the ground and that performers walk along, especially in a circus a tightrope walker
  • Idioms to be in a difficult situation in which you do not have much freedom of action and need to be extremely careful about what you do The government is walking a difficult tightrope in wanting to reduce interest rates without pushing up inflation.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tightrope