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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.
(especially of attitudes, opinions, etc.) extremely conventional; unimaginative.
Also, buttoned-down.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35, Americanism
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  • Usually he wears khaki pants and a polo or button-down shirt.
  • He'd definitely wear a button-down broadcloth shirt, probably light blue, with a school tie.
  • He was wearing a starched button-down shirt and a blue blazer.
  • Mason, whose six-foot frame belies his pixie-ish personality, was wearing his usual jeans and long-sleeved button-down.
  • Wear a button-down shirt with short sleeves and tuck several pens and a calculator into the pocket.
  • Wear them with dark denim and a crisp button-down for a perfect fall ensemble.
  • Wear them with a cashmere sweater, a cotton top or a collared button-down.
  • Versatile clothing items include jeans, a button-down shirt and a blazer.
British Dictionary definitions for button-down

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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