In traditional Chinese the character 緊 is used.
The silk lines are tightly woven over and over again.
When ever I get nervous, I tense up and become tight.
The silk line is used again to communicate in tight ways.
We stay in line because if we don't we might be whipped by the strict lady again.
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Definitions for 紧 pronounced as jǐn
- close at hand
- hard up
- short of money
- to tighten
- without delay
- keyed up
- in short supply
- to grasp firmly
- to pay special attention to
- to rush in
- to make the most of