The hawser was as taut as a bowstring, and the current so strong she pulled upon her anchor.
So far so good, but it next occurred to my recollection that a taut hawser, suddenly cut, is a thing as dangerous as a kicking horse.
A noo boarder and lodger, sir, and looking fit and taut as a fiddle; slep’ like a supercargo, he did, right alongside of John—stem to stem we was, all night."
"Silver," said the other man—and I observed he was not only red in the face, but spoke as hoarse as a crow, and his voice shook too, like a taut rope—"Silver," says he, "you’re old, and you’re honest, or has the name for it; and you’ve money too, which lots of poor sailors hasn’t; and you’re brave, or I’m mistook.
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She pulls up her shirt to expose the pale, taut skin of her stomach, marred by a tangle of gouges.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
Four small tents had been set up, too, poles straight and strings taut.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory