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  • adj. exaggeratedly proper


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  • Often I am annoyed by KH's breathiness; but I watched this movie again when I was working on Uganda a few years ago--a smidge of it was filmed there--and she's nothing but great as Rose, the tight-laced missionary lady who relaxes into her hitherto undiscovered gifts for sex and sabotage.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Nevertheless, she was simple and clumsy in her ways; her vacant smile had nothing criminal in it, and you would have pronounced her innocent only from seeing the large red and blue checked kerchief that covered her stalwart bust, tucked into the tight-laced bodice of a lilac — and white-striped gown.

    La Grand Breteche

  • Her dress was white damask, exceeding neat; but her stays seemed not tight-laced.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • An hourglass figure–a soft, plump 150 -pound 5′4″ woman in a tight-laced corset–is not at all the same as a size 2 fashion model.

    Fatophobic Sex Scenes in The L Word

  • Prussian Captain of Lancers (Those tight-laced, whiskered prancers)

    Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo

  • Sisters-in-law, faithful to their upbringing and tight-laced in their respectable stays, think that they have overflowed into the most distressing enthusiasm if they have written: ‘my kindest regards.’

    The Sweet Cheat Gone

  • Thin, tight-laced, with a shrill voice and an acidulated temper,

    Madame Midas

  • She ran, and somehow never reached the back wall of the set, and Lilith floated on ahead, tauntingly just out of reach, her long blond hair (a wig, certainly, Romy's hair was nothing like that long) shimmering down her tight-laced red satin back beneath her lace-edged Elizabethan headpiece.

    The Warslayer

  • “Lady Cassandra Abbott?” he rasped, astounded that Lady Perth would ever consider him a good match for such a tight-laced prig.


  • Impervious to the weather, Constantine never wore a shirt—just trousers cinched to his calves by high, tight-laced boots—so that his torso, with its embossed, smooth clusters of muscle, could be readily examined by me.

    Fleur De Leigh’s Life of Crime


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