uptightness


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up·tight

 (ŭp′tīt′)
adj. Slang
1. Tense; nervous: was uptight about turning 50.
2. Rigidly conventional, as in manners, opinions, and tastes: "[She] struck some as uptight or even prissy, a person so private she could be hard to read" (Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson).

up′tight′ness n.

uptightness

(ʌpˈtaɪtnəs)
n
the quality or state of being uptight
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