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[buht-nd-uhp] /ˈbʌt ndˈʌp/
carefully planned, operated, supervised, etc.:
one of the most buttoned-up companies in the business.
conservative, as in professional style or manner:
Employers are looking for buttoned-up types.
Origin of buttoned-up
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But Mr Tite Barnacle was a buttoned-up man, and consequently a weighty one.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • There is none of the buttoned-up aspect of Europeans about him.

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  • The streets were empty, as he walked rapidly to his lodgings, with buttoned-up overcoat, and hat drawn over his eyes.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • What buttoned-up coats and black cravats refuse all investigation on the score of linen!

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • And at the funeral two young men in buttoned-up uniforms stood beside the grave and spoke to her afterwards.

    A Diversity of Creatures

    Rudyard Kipling
Slang definitions & phrases for buttoned-up



Neat; trim; prim: Betty Crocker's very serious, buttoned-up, orderly (1970s+)

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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