I have a question about the antonym of the adjective "loose" in this context:

The two countries formed a loose alliance.

For a "loose alliance", would a "close alliance" or a "tight alliance" work as a good opposite?

  • A close-knit alliance is common as well.
    – TimR
    Sep 10, 2016 at 18:23

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Both would be quite acceptable.

ngrams shows that "close alliance" is much more common.

  • Then, for a "loose relationship", would a "close relationship" or a "tight relationship" work as a good opposite as well?
    – meatie
    Sep 10, 2016 at 17:47

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