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button-down

[buht-n-doun] /ˈbʌt nˌdaʊn/
adjective
1.
(of a shirt collar) having buttonholes so it can be buttoned to the body of the shirt.
2.
(of a shirt) having a button-down collar.
3.
(of a shirt) having buttons down the front from the collar to the bottom.
4.
Also, buttoned-down. (especially of attitudes, opinions, etc.) extremely conventional; unimaginative.
Origin of button-down
1930-1935
An Americanism dating back to 1930-35
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British Dictionary definitions for buttondown

button-down

adjective
1.
(of a collar) having points that are fastened to the garment with buttons
2.
(of a shirt) having a button-down collar
3.
Also buttoned-down. conventional or conservative: a button-down corporate culture
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Slang definitions & phrases for buttondown

buttondown

adjective

Conventional; of unmistakable respectability; conservative; square: The button-down, dispassionate, country club racism of the nouveau riche/ One of the most squeaky-clean and buttoned-down of US corporations is a partner

[1960s+; fr the wearing of buttondown collars by business executives and other conservatives]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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