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stuffed shirt

An overly formal or pompous person, as in She's such a stuffed shirt that I'm surprised you'd invite her to a barbecue. This expression alludes to a shirt filled with paper (instead of a real person). [c. 1900]
See also: shirt, stuff

stuffed shirt

n. a dull and stuffy person, usually a male. Mr. Wilson is a stuffed shirt, and people would tell him so if he didn’t have so much money.
See also: shirt, stuff
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It all seemed like the end of the world to the straight-laced cricketing hierarchy and stuffed shirt administrators.
There are no hushed voices or stuffed shirt waiting staff.
It's a pity Ian Shaw as her sparring partner Elyot comes across as a bit of a stuffed shirt, but Rosanna Lavelle and Harry Burton are delightful as their spurned spouses.
But one thing's for sure you'll never be just another stuffed shirt when you're in the Pink.
You see it all over the world, but here it seems we have a stuffed shirt mentality.
Irene was formerly Vice President of Design for Stuffed Shirt Jeanswear for fifteen years.
If he had got as far as the Cabbage Patch pub down the road some RFU stuffed shirt would probably have felt his collar and put him on the first train to Waterloo.
Mark's a stuffed shirt, riddled with modern-day neuroses about career and marriage.
In Paulette's case, that involves a selmposed loneliness; for Cecile, it's intellectual servitude to a stuffed shirt.
But these days you don't have be a stuffed shirt to get involved in the rapidly growing Central Scotland Softball League.
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The new DI Humphrey Goodman (Marshall), is perhaps less of a stuffed shirt than Poole - he's even game to try the local rum - but his trademark clumsiness doesn't exactly fill his new colleagues with optimism.
The new DI Humphrey Goodman (Marshall), is perhaps less of a stuffed shirt than Poole but his trademark clumsiness doesn't exactly fill his new colleagues with optimism.
In fact, only Webb - in a rare straight-ish role - came out of the whole thing with any real kudos, whereas Mitchell played disappointingly to type as yet another ineffectual stuffed shirt.
This Republican stuffed shirt, a red-clawed capitalist worth $250million who pays less tax than Al Capone.