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- adj. Alternative form of button-down.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. conservatively formal and businesslike in dress and manner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unimaginatively conventional
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They are a clean-cut, happy-looking couple in their fifties who are decidedly less buttoned-down than the other professionals in the group.
He had the distinguished look of a buttoned-down, wealthy tycoon who fed his rebellious streak in the shadowy edges of his life.
My company was way less buttoned-down and closed-mouth than most, so the problem wasn't them, but me; I'd sucked down enough of the Kool-Aid by my mid-twenties to keep lots of myself under wraps and behind the veil, the way most corporate people do -- a stupid waste of creativity and human power.
Mr. Haroun, whose buttoned-down appearance lends him a professorial air, took the title of his film from a line of verse by the famed Martinique poet Aimé Césaire, who wrote "a screaming man is not a dancing bear."
And there's Bill Lee, a.k.a. "Spaceman," an iconoclastic cult hero to college-age Boston fans in the late '70s, a quintessentially flaky southpaw who once boasted of sprinkling marijuana on his breakfast cereal -- before the buttoned-down Red Sox brass exiled him to the Montreal Expos, in whose uniform he is (sadly) pictured in the card collection.
We already knew Stamos could pull off scrubs thanks to his time on ER, but damn, he does the buttoned-down, rolled-up cuffs look quite well.
Before Shula led Miami to its unprecedented 17-0 season in 1972 — a feat that further blurred any perceived disparity between teams with roots in the upstart AFL and those from the buttoned-down, established NFL — he was on the losing end of another football milestone.
A nasty battle has surfaced in the usually buttoned-down hotel industry, pitting Host Hotels & Resorts Inc.—the largest U.S. hotel owner—against a real-estate brokerage firm it hired to sell some of its hotels.
In reality, the fiery DeMint and buttoned-down McConnell are ideological soulmates.
It's a trope reality TV often mines for entertainment, but it is particularly striking on The Apprentice, where participants are supposed to be in a buttoned-down business environment.