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carefully planned, operated, supervised, etc.:
one of the most buttoned-up companies in the business.
conservative, as in professional style or manner:
Employers are looking for buttoned-up types.
Contemporary Examples

Little Gimmicks Fund Big Exhibits W.M. Akers September 21, 2010
Why Obama’s Campaign Bores Me Peter Beinart April 4, 2011
Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ ‘Thor 2,’ and ‘Avengers 2’ Marlow Stern September 6, 2013
Andrew Young Lashes Out at Edwards’s Defense Attorney During Cross Examination Diane Dimond April 27, 2012
Welcome to Generation Overshare: Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift, and the Politics of Self-Disclosure Marlow Stern November 5, 2014

Historical Examples

All the Days of My Life: An Autobiography Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
A Diversity of Creatures Rudyard Kipling
Due West Maturin Murray Ballou
The Art Of The Moving Picture Vachel Lindsay


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    Accost or detain a person in conversation. For example, The reporter tried to buttonhole the senator, but she got away. This term is a metaphor for literally grasping someone by a buttonhole on his or her clothing. [ Mid-1800s ]

  • Buttonhole-stitch

    a looped stitch used to strengthen the edge of material and keep it from raveling, as around a buttonhole. Historical Examples Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day Art in […]

  • Buttonholing

    the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured. Chiefly British. a boutonniere. Surgery. a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal. to sew with a buttonhole stitch. to make buttonholes in. to hold by the buttonhole or otherwise abruptly detain (someone) […]

  • Buttonless

    having no button or buttons. Contemporary Examples 5 Things We Know About the New iPhone 5 (Maybe) Nina Strochlic August 27, 2012 Historical Examples K Mary Roberts Rinehart The Swamp Doctor’s Adventures in The South-West John Robb Yonder Emily Hilda Young From North Carolina to Southern California Without a Ticket and How I Did It […]

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