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Definition of "strait-laced" [strait•-laced]

  • Excessively strict in behavior, morality, or opinions. (adjective)
  • Having or wearing a tightly laced garment. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "strait-laced" in a sentence
  • "For KP it must have felt a bit like going somewhere really strait-laced on your gap year and entirely reinventing yourself, perhaps as a flamboyant transsexual New York garage DJ-type figure, only to turn round one day and find half the people from your A-level year standing in the corner looking faintly amused."
  • "He is also sometimes criticized for his bureaucratic, strait-laced management style."
  • "In between shots of the Beales as the documentary found them, we flash back to the women in their glory: Big Edie (Lange) entertaining at parties to the disapproval of her strait-laced husband (Ken Howard), who thinks she should be finding a rich husband for their daughter (Barrymore)."