buttoned-up buttoned-up

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) (British colloquial) not inclined to conversation
  2. (adj) conservative in professional manner

Usage(s):

  1. For the lay reader, there wasn't much in the writing to excite interest, but at the end, the buttoned-up professor unbuttoned a bit.
  2. The mood on both occasions was funereal; it might have been touching to see two such buttoned-up guys welling with tears if the corpses weren't their political careers.
  3. The idea that buttoned-up Singapore, better known for punitive caning and a onetime ban on chewing gum, should emerge as a center of enlightenment seems unlikely.

News

  • What to expect from Mike McCoy's Chargers

    A look at what to expect as the San Diego Chargers begin the Mike McCoy era: Biggest change to expect: McCoy is a mystery because he became a head coach for the first time at age 40. But from his days as an offensive coordinator and from watching and listening to him, I expect a very straightforward approach. McCoy is a buttoned-up guy who will not be Mr. Rah-Rah. But he is highly detail ...
    on July 25, 2013     Source: ESPN Blogs

Quotes

  1. "The relationship that Peter and Neal have is quite complicated," said DeKay, whose character is happily married. "It's not just a buttoned-up cop who gets a little frustrated with the cool ex-con artist. It's more that they do like each...
    on Nov 12, 2009 By: Tim DeKay Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Mark Salter, another top aide to McCain, says Obama is running "one buttoned-up, conventional campaign." "Is new politics just stadium-sized crowds and lots of money?"
    on Apr 17, 2008 By: Mark Salter Source: CBS News

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