American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the ends of the collar fastened down by buttons: a button-down shirt.
- adj. Conservative, conventional, or unimaginative: "a colorful character in the buttoned-down, dull-gray world of business” ( Newsweek).
- adj. Of a collar, able to be buttoned down to the shirt, as over a necktie.
- adj. idiomatic Serious; staid; businesslike.
- adj. idiomatic Conservative; conventional; unimaginative.
- n. A shirt with a button-down collar
- adj. unimaginatively conventional
- adj. of a shirt; having the ends of the collar fastened down by buttons
“At 11:30, Pastor Rick takes the stage, dressed in a loose, short-sleeved button-down shirt and black cotton chinos.”
“Charlie Wilson was a big customer with an unusual order: button-down collar, French cuffs, double pockets no button and epaulettes that he would, curiously, thread his suspenders through.”
“Come August, they'll offer the company's first two ready-to-wear dress shirts: a button-down oxford in blue and white and a wide-spread collar with single button cuffs, available in 14 fabrics.”
“Not even two seconds," says the 55-year-old Mr. Sch ä fer, who had switched out of a white shirt embroi dered with his family bakery's insignia into a less conspicuous checkered button-down for the stealth fact-finding mission.”
“Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla turned button-down technocrat with expertise in everything from energy to high finance, comfortably won Brazil's presidency Sunday in a contest that demonstrated voter loyalty to the man who handpicked her for the job, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.”
“Yet right down to his white sneakers, Edmondson is dressed in a jean jacket, jeans and button-down jean shirt.”
“She was a fairly serious woman, dressed in gray slacks and a sensible white button-down shirt, with a pair of bifocals hanging from a chain around her neck.”
“Avery may prefer beat-up sneakers and baggy shorts to the usual professional apparel—he complains loudly when forced to wear a button-down shirt for an upscale Boston antiques show—but what he lacks in polish he makes up for in discernment.”
“I think of my wardrobe full of button-down shirts, the shirts I wear to work.”
“Italian pinstripe designer suits, a button-down collar, and French cuffs do not a complete outfit make.”
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