tighten up

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To become stringent and ungenerous.
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In May 1973 Honecker made another speech to the SED Central Committee, in which he appeared to want to tighten up the rules, as if his remarks in 1971 had been interpreted too liberally, but the VIIth Writers' Congress in November of the same year confirmed the relative freedom of the previous two years.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'tighten up':

tighten upTo make sufficiently tight.
tighten upTo fix something or make it correct.
tighten upTo become tense and restrained.
tighten upTo become focused and serious; To stop any vacillation or inconsistency.
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