An old southern idiom. Could be used to identify a place that is empty, a person who is wound up, or any number of situations where the word "tight" is used. Nobody seems to know who Dick was. Apparently he had a tough time keeping his hat on his head.
I went and checked that place you told me about. They've closed up tighter than dick's hatband. Have been for years.
by kiteless. June 11, 2013