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Is there a common way to ask a person to put his/her shirt in his/her pants because it looks more polite?

Some people say "to tuck one's shirt in", for example, "could you tuck your shirt in to make you look better and more polite?".

But, I am not sure "tuck" is a common word, do we have a common word for it?

  • In UK, tuck is a (if not the) common word for it. Jul 21, 2020 at 13:24
  • @WeatherVane, what about American version of "tuck"?
    – Tom
    Jul 21, 2020 at 13:36
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    In the US, we also use the word "tuck" for this, and there are no common alternatives. Jul 21, 2020 at 13:40
  • I would not use the phrase "more polite" here though. Having an untucked shirt isn't exactly "impolite." You could say, "neater" or "more presentable" or "more formal." Jul 21, 2020 at 15:22

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Tuck is a perfectly common word.

Practically everyone here in the English speaking world will understand what tuck your shirt in means.

  • is it ok to say "oh, your shirt is untucked, you've got to tuck it in"?
    – Tom
    Jul 21, 2020 at 15:10
  • @Tom, yup, perfectly fine. Jul 21, 2020 at 15:13

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