buttoned-down buttoned-down


  • (adj) unimaginatively conventional



  1. Japan's youth are out for thrills, stepping clear of the buttoned-down, uniformed life of their parents and onto society's dance floor.
  2. The most buttoned-down of the bunch is James Kilts, a former CEO of Gillette, Nabisco and Kraft and author of Doing What Matters.
  3. This one is unique in that buttoned-down field, though, owing to its massive authorial flamboyance.


  • Snowden an eccentric, but hardly stood out at NSA

    The ex-contractor who exposed NSA surveillance programs was a self-taught tech whiz who mysteriously ascended to a coveted job with the agency. But his background check found no red flags. WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency is the size of a small town, with more than 30,000 employees and as much variety. There are blue-haired iconoclasts who work in their socks, buttoned-down military ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "I'll never forget going to work on a Saturday morning, getting called down to the Oval Office because there was something he was mad about," said Dan Bartlett, who was counselor to Bush. "I had on khakis and a buttoned-down shirt, and I had...
    on Jan 28, 2009 By: Dan Bartlett Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Jim is a regular Joe in a lot of ways," Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther said. "Jim is not this buttoned-down corporate guy who's always on edge, always on stage. He's just not that kind of guy. He does it only when it's necessary and...
    on Jul 4, 2010 By: Ron Guenther Source: Columbus Dispatch

  3. "He knows how to dot the i's and cross the t's," Duberstein said of the Democrat from Maine, who also is a former federal prosecutor. "He's absolutely methodical. He builds facts one upon the next. Mitchell is so buttoned-down that he seldom...
    on Dec 12, 2007 By: Kenneth Duberstein Source: Glens Falls Post-Star

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