buttoned-up


buttoned-up
/but"nd up"/, adj.
1. carefully planned, operated, supervised, etc.: one of the most buttoned-up companies in the business.
2. conservative, as in professional style or manner: Employers are looking for buttoned-up types.
[1935-40]

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • buttoned-up — adj informal someone who is buttoned up is not able to express their feelings, especially sexual feelings …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • buttoned up — (slang) 1. Successfully fixed up 2. Safe in hand 3. Ready for action 4. See also ↑buttoned up above • • • Main Entry: ↑button …   Useful english dictionary

  • buttoned — uttoned adj. furnished with buttons or something buttonlike. Opposite of {unbuttoned}. [Narrower terms: {botonee, botonnee}; {button down}; {closed}] [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buttoned-up — ► buttoned up informal formal and inhibited in manner. Main Entry: ↑button …   English terms dictionary

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  • buttoned-up — adjective 1. (British colloquial) not inclined to conversation • Similar to: ↑taciturn • Usage Domain: ↑colloquialism • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑U.K., ↑Bri …   Useful english dictionary

  • Buttoned — Button But ton, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Buttoned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Buttoning}.] [OE. botonen, OF. botoner, F. boutonner. See {Button}, n.] 1. To fasten with a button or buttons; to inclose or make secure with buttons; often followed by up. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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