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Verb: tense up
  1. Become tense, nervous, or uneasy
    "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room";
    - tense
     
  2. Cause to be tense and uneasy, nervous or anxious
    - tense, strain

Derived forms: tensed up, tensing up, tenses up

Type of: affect, change state, turn