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uptight

1. slang Rigidly or constrictively conventional or conservative in one's attitudes, manner, behavior, etc. A: "There's no way we're letting you get your bellybutton pierced!" B: "Aw, but all my friends are getting theirs done! You guys are way too uptight!" I'm sorry for being so uptight about this, but we can't afford to risk the product's success by taking any unnecessary risks with its design.
2. slang Distinctly or noticeably tense, nervous, or anxious. Don't let yourself get uptight before the big match—try to stay loose! I felt so uptight while I waited for my interview that I thought I was going to be sick.

uptight

mod. anxious. Dave always seems uptight about something.
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The song works both a cautionary tale of uptightness and celebration of spontaneity and quirkiness.
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.
(Most people involved with poetry in Durban, while they would be unhesitant about declaring him number one, nevertheless hope fervently that he should not become the only one, or his 'tough guy' vision of the city come to be accepted as the standard model.) More to the point, Murray is still fleshing out her own voice, and as well as her own equivalent of the tautness (not to say uptightness) that Livingstone makes work so well for him, there are momentary indications that she has maybe (in good Durban fashion) something of the opposite quality in play.
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.
We've got to get over our uptightness. What I wanted was something joyous, smart and encompassing the high and the low.
``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 2.4m mansion in the Los Angeles suburb of Pacific Palisades.
"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.
Asians of all classes and communities generally perceive the African man as socially inferior, sexually "primitive," and "someone to be careful of" because he threatens the honor of not only "our women" but also of "our family and community." [26] Sexual relationships between Asian women and African men are thus seen as "culturally impossible" because Asian women are expected to safeguard the honor of their communities, even if their "uptightness" gives their husbands an excuse to have affairs with African women.