it’s all a bit stiff and clean for me

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
‘I like living on the island,’ says Callum. ‘It’s great. I’m not so fussed about living in my mother-in-law’s house. It’s all a bit stiff and clean for me. I grew up in a house with six boys.’
Source: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
Context: Callum is living in his in-law’s house.

What does the phrase ‘it’s all a bit stiff and clean for me’ mean? uncomfortable and uneasy?

Thank you,
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    ‘I like living on the island,’ says Callum. ‘It’s great. I’m not so fussed about living in my mother-in-law’s house. It’s all a bit stiff and clean for me. I grew up in a house with six boys.’
    Source: The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
    Context: Callum is living in his in-law’s house.

    What does the phrase ‘it’s all a bit stiff and clean for me’ mean? uncomfortable and uneasy?

    Thank you,
    Probably the house is kept in an tidy and clean state that might feel a bit oppressive for someone who grew up in a house full of rowdy boys who put their boots up on chairs etc.
     
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