strait-laced

[ streyt-leyst ]SEE DEFINITION OF strait-laced
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRAIT-LACED

His strait-laced notions might revolt at races and betting-rings.

Why, Parson, old man, you mustn't be too strait-laced out here.

Some people thought her old fashioned, strait-laced, prudish.

No one, I tell you, not even the most strait-laced or censorious.

The ladies were not too strait-laced; dull care was banished.

Old Mr. Cayley, though not the least strait-laced, was a religious man.

Ask Johnny Ludlow there whether he is strait-laced or not; he knows.

And for this he must not be thought narrow-minded, strait-laced, or unduly dignified.

In strait-laced ways and to all demure modesty, Eliza was reared.

Strait-laced women were even found to say that she had expiated her sins.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, of stays or bodices; figurative sense of "over-precise, prudish" is from 1550s; see strait (n.) + lace (v.).

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