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Halsey, who is scratching the neck, met by Nimitz. Later it was declared Halsey is suffering from shingles.

Nimitz: Guess you don't like the chokers either.

Halsey: I'd get grease on that thing just trying to button it up. Makes me look like a damn waiter.

What does it mean, "button it up"?

I find this line in movie Midway 2019.

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  • Halsey wearing a coat .
    – David Lowe
    Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 6:21

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From context, it sounds like he referring to wearing a type of tie or collar ("choker"). If that is case, he literally means he would get grease on the "choker" as he buttoned it up.

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  • Chocker would normally be a tight necklace. I am guessing in this passage he means a bow tie (waiters wear bow ties, because a normal tie might end up in the soup). Possibly it also hints that they would rather be in uniform than in a tuxedo.
    – richardb
    Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 6:41

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