i'm confused about super tight meaning in this sentence..

Elon Musk emails Tesla employees: ‘Breaking even is looking super tight

  1. breaking even is looking very close?

  2. reaching to the break even point is so hard?

or something else?

  • I think he means that they are very close to breaking even. – user121863 Jun 30 at 15:41
  • this is the link to the reference of this sentence: cnbc.com/2020/06/29/… – mila Jun 30 at 15:41
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    Super = very; tight = difficult or hard to achieve (especially because of disadvantageous circumstances, often beyond one's control) – Greybeard Jun 30 at 15:46
  • Yes, I read the article. He is a great motivator...he would never say that something is super difficult!! – user121863 Jun 30 at 15:46
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    It is touch-and-go whether they will break even. In other words, it is quite possible that they won't meet their production target, or their accounts will show a loss (which, the article says, is unclear). – Weather Vane Jun 30 at 16:25

I read the sentence "Breaking even is looking super tight" as "The margin of error in order to break even is small". It means that the profits of the business venture are very close to exceeding the costs given the current trajectory, but there is still a chance to break even.

Some other usages where the meaning is similar:

  • I was parking my car in the garage and almost hit the door frame. It was a super tight fit.
  • I have a test in the morning but I haven't started studying. It will be super tight, but I think if I start studying now I can still make it in time.
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