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uptight

mod. anxious. Dave always seems uptight about something.
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explains how to deal with an anxious or uptight boss, parent, spouse, or intimate partner.
We live in a looser, less uptight America thanks to the antics of San Francisco's Diggers, New York's Fugs, and every anonymous longhair in between.
Dustin Hoffman and Streisand play the liberal Fockers while De Niro returns as Pam's uptight, ex-CIA dad.
Internationally, outstanding films included France's enchanting yet bizarre The Man without a Head capturing the love life of a headless bachelor; Slovenia's poignant (A) Torsion, where a sick cow unites a choir of refugees during the siege of Sarajevo; and the German comedy (no, that's not a typo) Meine Eltern, where a teenage girl pretends to her boyfriend that her uptight folks are cool and liberated.
That's why it comes equipped with a leaf spring system to help open it to the pop-up, TOW load, uptight and full-open positions.
Apparently the school principal is depicted as "homophobic" and the school board chairwoman as "morally uptight.
On one occasion I was so uptight that I stormed into the dressing room to drag him out of the shower.
I have never chosen to preach on the Pastorals, feeling that they feed a legalizing, overly controlled, uptight way of faith.
I look like Edna from Emmerdale,'' admitted Lesley, who plays the uptight and lonely Miss Prothero in Alan Bennett's A Visit From Miss Prothero - one of two Bennett plays making up Office Suite.
I spend more time with this horse than any other, so I get very uptight when he runs," said Dace.
The guardians of Title IX are uptight about the commission.
Come on, you don't want people thinking I'm uptight, but yes, I am very critical -- you have to be in this day and age of young guns.
The chemistry between the uptight Martin and a slovenly Candy is familiar from dozens of other buddy films, but it works well here, provoking tears of laughter and sympathy as we watch the comedic duo come to grips with each other and with every obstacle and annoyance modern transportation can throw at them.
Stress is an illness - if you spend a lot of time driving and often get uptight behind the wheel, you could damage your health
In an uptight First World, it was wonderfully, riotously transgressive.