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uptight

Meaning: tense, anxious

For example:

  • Why is Eddie so uptight all the time? It's like he's got all this anger and fear stuck inside and he can't let it out.

  • Jane's one of those uptight people who make you feel uncomfortable just by being around them.

Quick Quiz:

People who are uptight usually walk in a
  1. smooth, relaxed sort of way
  2. stiff, jerky sort of way
  3. slow, dopey sort of way

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