strait-laced

strait-laced

[streyt-leyst]
adjective
1.
excessively strict in conduct or morality; puritanical; prudish: strait-laced censors.
2.
tightly laced, as a bodice.
3.
wearing tightly laced garments.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

strait-lacedly [streyt-ley-sid-lee, -leyst-lee] , adverb
strait-lacedness, noun
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strait-lace

[streyt-leys]
verb (used with object), strait-laced, strait-lacing.
to bind, confine, or restrain with or as if with laces.

Origin:
1630–40; back formation from strait-laced

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strait-laced or straight-laced
 
adj
prudish or puritanical
 
straight-laced or straight-laced
 
adj

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