from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective conservatively formal and businesslike in dress and manner.

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  • adjective idiomatic Alternative form of button-down.

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  • adjective 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.

    American Grace

  • 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.

    FOUND: Lots and lots of baseball cards

  • 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.

    Host Hotels Sues Brokerage Firm

  • In reality, the fiery DeMint and buttoned-down McConnell are ideological soulmates.

    Peter Dreier: GOP-Tea Party Rift Is a Myth

  • 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.

    After slow start in the AFL, Shula-led Dolphins flourished

  • 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."

    The Stubborn Silence of 'A Screaming Man'

  • He had the distinguished look of a buttoned-down, wealthy tycoon who fed his rebellious streak in the shadowy edges of his life.


  • 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.

    Liz Ryan: Putting The 'Human' Back In HR, Part Two

  • 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.

    Annie Stamell: John Stamos Makes His Glee Debut As Dr. Carl, Raises Dentist Standards Everywhere


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