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 for tense up
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tense up
      v 1: become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw
           his opponent enter the room" [syn: tense, tense up]
           [ant: decompress, loosen up, relax, slow down,
           unbend, unwind]
      2: cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a
         phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up" [syn: tense,
         strain, tense up] [ant: loosen up, make relaxed,
         relax, unlax, unstrain, unwind]

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