from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Slang Tense; nervous.
- adj. Slang Financially pressed; destitute.
- adj. Slang Outraged; angry.
- adj. Slang Rigidly conventional, as in manners, opinions, and tastes: "She sees this headlong, headstrong, plunge into worldliness as a protracted process of shucking the shame of her uptight upbringing” ( James Wolcott).
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- adj. Excessively concerned with rules and order.
- adj. Sexually repressed.
- adj. Unfriendly and rude.
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- adj. being in a tense state
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SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the "uptight" laws of Utah.
He's pleased that it's his customers who have voted for him and his team, rather than some shabby crew of critics; he's delighted that it justifies four years of very hard work; thrilled for what it says about his conviction that top flight, big-fisted food doesn't have to be served in uptight, prissy, overly formal surroundings.
Where I get a little uptight is when I think about the current job hunt … and I’m told I don’t have enough experience.
Get Susan May Pratt aka the uptight dancer from Centre Stage! back to the tanning salon stat.
And the straight-and-narrow (aka uptight) sibling gets so upset at the unfairness (in their mind) of sibling #2 not getting "punished" for forging their own path, that they feel compelled to point out the "wrongs" every time they're in the same room.
If you're a fan of the TV hit series "Six Feet Under," you certainly do, Michael C. Hall, best known as the uptight undertaker David Fisher.
Nakamura even gives them a bit of an Odd Couple twist: Buddha is frugal and kind of uptight; Jesus goes with the flow.
The first time I experienced being "uptight" was in tenth grade, when my older sister (a college sophomore) took me and my three girlfriends to see "Grease" at the Wang Center in Boston (wang! foreshadowing!)
How is not wanting to be sexually assaulted make American women "uptight"?
The same people, ironically, that accused their own parents of being "uptight" back in the '60's.
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