[ noun ] the act of making something tighter


"the tightening of economic controls"

Used in print

(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)

In each of the last , the trial marked the beginning of a new course : in Moscow the liquidation of the Old Bolsheviks and the tightening of Stalin 's dictatorship ; in the United_States the initiation of militant anti Communism , with the repentant ex Communist in the vanguard .