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Definition of tightrope noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

tightrope

 noun
noun
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
    tread/walk a tightrope
     
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    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 Learner's Dictionary entry: tightrope