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  • s  exaggeratedly proper

  • Her clothes then were very strait-laced.
  • Last week, at the Vancouver convention of the Canadian Federation of Convent Alumnae, strait-laced Archbishop Duke spoke his mind on still another human frailty: bathing beauty .
  • Although his bon vivant grandfather, Edward VII, was obviously closer to his ideal, he treats his strait-laced father with filial forbearance.
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  • Swingers: Men's golf league plays in skirts
    In Naples' strait-laced country club culture, it's a tradition unlike any other: Ladies Night at the Pretend Golf Association. For nearly a decade, members of the Wednesday night 9-hole beer league at Hibiscus Golf Club have channeled their feminine side,
    Aug. 8, 2013 - Naples Daily News

  • Jessica Alba in Toronto Sun
    It's really cool, and it was so fun,Alba says. "I play identical twins. But the main character I play is an immigration officer, strait-laced and by the book. The other one is not evil, she's just on the other side of the law and kind of a...
  • Conrad Black in New York Times
    When his chief of investor relations declined to post the message because of securities rules, Mr. Black wrote in an e-mail message, "don't be so strait-laced ...... Get our story out."
  • Tamsin Egerton in
    She's a really good girl,says Egerton of her character. "She's really strait-laced. She's very innocent. And she's a dreamer. She's romantic. I think I have this incredible romance and I'm going to lose my virginity on a bed of rose petals...

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