The line was taut as a banjo string, and the merest tug would snap it on and blind the shivering quarry in a blaze of light.
He had lost a few inches and added some weight, but Yossarian remembered him instantly by the two stiff anus and the two stiff, thick, useless legs all drawn upward into the air almost perpendicularly by the taut ropes and the long lead weights suspended from pulleys over him and by the frayed black hole in the bandages over his mouth.
…if she had not read the thermometer and reported what she had found, the soldier in white might still be lying there alive exactly as he had been lying there all along, encased from head to toe in plaster and gauze with both strange, rigid legs elevated from the hips and both strange arms strung up perpendicularly, all four bulky limbs in casts, all four strange, useless limbs hoisted up in the air by taut wire cables and fantastically long lead weights suspended darkly above him.
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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