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Stress IndicatorPlay
Use 'uptight' to describe someone visibly stressed or anxious, not just feeling so internally. SlideHe seemed uptight with all the pacing and hand-wringing.
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Temporary StatePlay
'Uptight' often refers to a temporary state due to a specific situation, unlike a permanent trait. SlideShe's only uptight when she's presenting in front of the class.
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Emotional ChargePlay
It can carry a negative connotation, implying a lack of calm or composure. SlideDon't be so uptight; the interview will go fine.