taut adj.

VERBS be, feel, look | become, go Her body went as taut as a bowstring. | remain, stay Exercise helps your muscles to stay taut. | pull sth, stretch sth His skin was stretched taut over his cheekbones. | hold sth, keep sth Try to keep the lead taut, as it will help your puppy to learn.

PREP. with (figurative) a voice taut with anger