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uptight

mod. anxious. Dave always seems uptight about something.
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They were young men from stable and successful family backgrounds and were never known for their religious fanaticism or political uptightness, until they became tools in the hands of a terrorist ideology which exploited them to serve its interests because they were the least suspected of following such an ideology.
Misa describes a memory of his father who, while holding his infant child on his lap, resisting laughter, by which Misa emphasizes the father's uptightness and suppression of feelings.
A great consumption of oil at engines is determined even uptightness, which able penetration of oil in burned chamber.
Duncan carries some substantial baggage from his pietistic upbringing, which in the midst of calmer analysis of fundamentalism will slip out in cliehed jabs at organized religion about hypocrisy, greed, uptightness, etc.
Before long, Suzette determines to cure Harry's uptightness the only way she knows how.
Personally, I'm much looser than the stereotypical image of British uptightness - so that's how I approached the character,'' says Hopkins, whose home today is a pounds 2.
Originally, when I first did this act," said VerEecke, "I was trying to make a comment on the official church's uptightness about the body, and movement and celebration, through dance.