buttoned-up


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but′toned-up`



adj.
1. carefully planned, operated, supervised, etc.
2. conservative, as in professional style or manner.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.buttoned-up - (British colloquial) not inclined to conversation
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
taciturn - habitually reserved and uncommunicative
2.buttoned-up - conservative in professional manner; "employers are looking for buttoned-up types"
conservative - resistant to change
Translations

buttoned-up

[ˈbʌtndˌʌp] ADJ [person] → reservado

buttoned-up

adj (inf: = reserved) → zugeknöpft (inf)
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She cuts a tragic figure, admitting in that buttoned-up way of hers that she shed "a small tear" after realising she had thrown away her majority with a disastrous election campaign.
To be sure, the buttoned-up travesty of Donald Judd and Frank Stella's aesthetic positivism that has preoccupied Peter Halley, and Jeff Koons's quest for the Holy Grail of selfpossession in America's heartbreaking mirage of plenty have less in common with each other than they appeared to back when the artists made up two of Sonnabend's "Fab Four" (Meyer Vaisman and Ashley Bickerton being the others).