1. tense, nervous, annoyed.
|Postman Always Rings Twice (1985) 190: I’m getting up tight now. [Ibid.] 192: I’m up awful tight, now. I think they give you dope in the grub, so you don’t think about it.|
|Duke 83: I was all tight.|
|CUSS 210: Tight Tense at the last minute.et al.|
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 20: Something’s getting up tight, there’s bad vibrations and he wants to break it up.|
|Animal Factory 16: I’m uptight. I never thought I’d miss a man so much.|
|‘Radio Suckers’ [lyrics] They realize you gotta get some people uptight.|
|in Damon Runyon (1992) 9: You are as tight as a man who has to fight Joe Louis. I insist you have a drink.|
|Observer 4 July 23: I didn’t handle it well. I became edgy and uptight.|
|‘Crazy Summer’ [Internet] You have to relax a bit Don, we are going to be staying with Aunt Elaine for the next two months and you can’t stay this uptight all that time.|
|Shame the Devil 287: ‘You look a little tight, too.’ ‘Got a minor problem, is all it is.’.|
|Panopticon (2013) 216: You’re all uptight cos you’re a virgin. You’re fanny’s depressed.|
2. formal, unbending, strait-laced.
|Lowlife (2001) 34: She was cold and uptight.|
|Buttons 18: 130 cases of beer are mysteriously ripped off from an uptight catering firm.|
|Tryst 8: In Brighton she had been quite prepared to smoke a little grass [...] but she had always drawn the line at harder stuff. But on the West Coast, this attitude was labelled ‘up-tight.’.|
|Guardian Guide 19–25 June 4: The original uptight white guy.|
|Guardian Rev. 12 May 6: In the uptight, grey-flannel post-Eisenhower era.|
3. under emotional control.
|Current Sl. III:4 10: Uptight, adj. Inhibited.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Eve. Sun Turned Crimson (1998) 220: I kept myself uptight to keep from smashing something over their heads.‘Joseph Martinez’ in|