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uk /tɔːt/ us /tɑːt/

taut adjective (WRITING/SPEECH)

literary Taut writing or speech is controlled, clear, and short:

taut prose
adverb uk /ˈtɔː us /ˈtɑː
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtɔːt.nəs/ us /ˈtɑːt.nəs/

(Definition of “taut” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /tɔt/

stretched tightly; tight:

She tightened the strings of the guitar to make them taut.
fig. The story is a taut (= exciting, with fast action) psychological drama.

(Definition of “taut” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)