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tense up (for something)

to become tense, anxious, and ready for something. Liz tensed up for the game and was very nervous. He tensed up and that made it hard to give him the injection he needed.
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tense up

v.
1. To become tense: The deer tensed up when it heard my footsteps.
2. To make something tense: I tensed up my wrist just before making contact with the ball. The muscle in my calf hurts whenever I tense it up.
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as well as, trivially, any verb whose past tense is homonymous or homophonous with itself, such as "bet," "fit," "hit," "pet," "rid," etc.
The disagreement has concentrated on the English past tense form, which is created by the predictable addition of the suffix ed to the root verb in the majority of English verbs (e.
systematically change the tense of each verb past to present, present to past.
This book brings together revised versions of twelve articles published between 1995 and 2008, devoted to tense, aspect, events and indexical expressions in natural language.
relax the body Either lying down or sitting in a chair, systematically tense muscle groups throughout the body and then breathe away tension on the out-breath.
This paper examines tense, aspect and modality as a single complex category in Bhujel, an endangered and previously undescribed Tibeto-Burman language spoken by 10,733 (i.
The Lebanese army intervened and curtailed the tense situation.
In a telephone conversation, the two defense chiefs discussed ways to deal with the tense situation and agreed to stay in close cooperation over the incident.
Every time we have sex, I get tense because I'm expecting not to climax and I can't relax and enjoy myself.
If you are presently at a job that is listed, use the present tense for the job descriptions; if you are no longer at that job, use the past tense for the job descriptions.
Summary: Srinagar, Kashmir, July 01, 2010, SPA -- Two Indian soldiers were killed in a firefight with militants trying to enter Indian-administered Kashmir Thursday as the region remained tense with a security clampdown to contain violent protests, dpa reported.
The situation in the zone of the state of emergency remains tense, reported the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan on June 14.
Pakistan, May 26 -- Actress Deepika Padukone says that her co-actor in 'Lafange Parindey', Neil Nitin Mukesh is so protective of her that he gets tense every time she has to perform a stunt sequence.
Damascus, (SANA)- Syria on Thursday denied Israeli allegations thatit is supplying Hizbullah Party in Lebanon with SCUD missiles, considering these allegationsas adding more fuel to the already tense atmospheres in the region.
It followed a tense stand-off with emergency services which lasted several hours.