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  • s  unimaginatively conventional
    a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-grey world of business"- Newsweek

  • Japan's youth are out for thrills, stepping clear of the buttoned-down, uniformed life of their parents and onto society's dance floor.
  • At 35, an age when many people shift into the buttoned-down phase of their lives, Tom Freston hooked up with a cable-TV outfit that aired short films of rock groups in performance .
  • By last summer, many of those in the knowthe spooks, the buttoned-down bureaucrats, the law-enforcement professionals in a dozen countrieswere almost frantic with worry that .
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  • 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 ...
    June 22, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

  • Dan Bartlett in International Herald Tribune
    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...
  • Ron Guenther in Columbus Dispatch
    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...
  • Kenneth Duberstein in Glens Falls Post-Star
    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...

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