Definition of button something up in US English:

button something up

phrasal verb

  • 1informal Complete or conclude something satisfactorily.

    ‘trying to button up a deal’
    • ‘Once they do move that rotating structure away, it basically means the shuttle is buttoned up and ready to go, but as Kyra mentioned, NASA certainly keeping an eye on that faulty fuel sensor.’
    • ‘Keith Oppenheim is standing by in a city that is buttoned up and ready for the worst.’
    • ‘It's good that you can leave it with this note to it, sort of button it up with the fact that the re-election went the way it did.’
    • ‘That sounds like there's some logic, you can button it up, if it comes down to simply extortion for money.’
    • ‘I want to move on to another issue, but I want to button it up with this then.’
    • ‘Larry, in a circumstantial evidence case, a prosecutor has to just have things buttoned up and tight.’
    • ‘Even as we speak the Upland skatepark is being buttoned up.’
    • ‘It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family.’
    • ‘And just to button this final thought up, what evidence do we have that this is moving voters one way or another?’
    • ‘Pocklington appear to have completely buttoned up the league title by opening up a seven points gap over second-placed Cleckheaton.’
  • 2Repress or contain something.

    ‘it was repressive enough to keep public opinion buttoned up’
    • ‘His entire being got buttoned up with anger, despair and humiliation.’
    • ‘Most of the men in my plays are buttoned up but the women can let rip and shout the house down.’
    • ‘I don't know who decided, at whatever stage, that being buttoned up and possessed of a stiff upper lip was a bad thing and that Englishmen had better loosen up.’
    • ‘In private, Sir David is much less buttoned up than he seems in public, his reputation for arrogance and pomposity unduly harsh.’
    • ‘Any white person expressing such ideas is obviously a buttoned up racist, ill at ease with the realities of multicultural Britain and its vibrant black youth culture.’
    • ‘Middle-class cinemas, by contrast, were far more buttoned up.’
    • ‘Workers may have been getting hot under the collar in the recent heatwave, but most Manchester bosses want to keep them firmly buttoned up.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is because they are all buttoned up, just quite content to take a six figure salary without making any meaningful contribution, is that what we want?’
    • ‘Rivers, for his part, is every bit as self-conscious as Prior, but his sensuality remains buttoned up.’
    • ‘We English are frightfully good at keeping our feelings buttoned up.’