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What is the opposite of loosen up?

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To feel great fear about something
“The situation is under control and there's no need to panic just yet.”
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To be anxious or concerned
“I cannot help but worry about my upcoming exam.”
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To tighten, especially one's muscles
“I stand on my tip-toes and flex every muscle in my body that I can.”
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To be emotionally stirred up with a negative emotion, especially anger
“They burn with anger and frustration, and are helpless to understand why the world has abandoned them.”
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To disturb mentally or emotionally
“She was highly sensitive, and we were constantly walking on eggshells trying not to upset her.”
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To damage (a muscle, ligament, etc.) by abnormal strain
“Try not to pull a muscle or strain something trying to saddle up.”
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To overcome with emotion or stress
“I avoided being secretary because reading out the minutes would floor me!”
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To have a phobia of
“I fear spiders and anything related to creepy crawlies.”
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To pant or breathe hard or with difficulty
“Both competitors would begin to blow hard after a grueling race.”
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To compress or cram items, especially to fit into a container
“Sheila decided to aggressively pack as much of her shopping into the small suitcase as was humanly possible.”
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To make demands of, or prove to be a challenge to
“The family's holiday in the woods without Wi-Fi would challenge the kids.”
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