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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
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Every one I saw was buttoned-up and great-coated, and I was sensible of as great a change in humanity as in nature.

    All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • But Mr Tite Barnacle was a buttoned-up man, and consequently a weighty one.

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

    Due West Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Nigel Debrullier looks the buttoned-up Pastor Manders, even to caricature.

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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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