tight-laced


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Adj.1.tight-laced - exaggeratedly propertight-laced - exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts"
proper - marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness; "proper medical treatment"; "proper manners"
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At that moment Boris clearly realized what he had before surmised, that in the army, besides the subordination and discipline prescribed in the military code, which he and the others knew in the regiment, there was another, more important, subordination, which made this tight-laced, purple-faced general wait respectfully while Captain Prince Andrew, for his own pleasure, chose to chat with Lieutenant Drubetskoy.
It was a room where one might fancy the ghost of a tight-laced lady revisiting the scene of her embroidery.
Appearing exclusively opposite Pitt, Richard Jenkins socks over the turn as a bespectacled, tight-laced mob liaison with a particular aversion to cigarette smoke.
A response to the stifling, tight-laced Victorian art and attitudes of the mid19th century, it expressed a startlingly modern set of ideas that culminated in the creative flowering of a coterie of artist and poet friends--the Pre-Raphaelites.
But every so often we break out of this tight-laced straitjacket and go for something truly out of character - something big, bold and brash that belongs to a different world.