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Synonyms for buckram

so rigidly constrained, formal, or awkward as to lack all grace and spontaneity

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a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue

stiffen with or as with buckram

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rigidly formal

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No sooner had they reached the mules, than the Jew, with hasty and trembling hands, secured behind the saddle a small bag of blue buckram, which he took from under his cloak, containing, as be muttered, ``a change of raiment only a change of raiment.'' Then getting upon the animal with more alacrity and haste than could have been anticipated from his years, he lost no time in so disposing of the skirts of his gabardine as to conceal completely from observation the burden which he had thus deposited en croupe.
They tended their flocks severely in buckram and powder and put their sticking-plaster patches on to terrify commoners as the chiefs of some other tribes put on their war-paint.
'As the guard spoke, there all at once appeared, right in front of my uncle, a young gentleman in a powdered wig, and a sky- blue coat trimmed with silver, made very full and broad in the skirts, which were lined with buckram. Tiggin and Welps were in the printed calico and waistcoat piece line, gentlemen, so my uncle knew all the materials at once.
"He felt his lips go stiff like buckram, and instead of a reassuring smile only achieved an uncertain grimace.
Walnuts, pears, sorrel, mulberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, bishop's weed, cherries, buckrams, yarrow leaves, wall rocket and leeks -- it's a veritable breakfast buffet out there.