stuffed shirt

stuffed shirt

noun
a pompous, self-satisfied, and inflexible person.

Origin:
1910–15, Americanism

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stuffed shirt
 
n
informal a pompous or formal person

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stuffed shirt

An overly formal or pompous person, as in She's such a stuffed shirt that I'm surprised you'd invite her to a barbecue. This expression alludes to a shirt filled with paper (instead of a real person). [c. 1900]

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