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  • The mariner who keeps his mainsheet taut, And will not slacken in the gale, is like To sail with thwarts reversed, keel uppermost.

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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

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