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
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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.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • 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.