“Americans are very good at clicking a button to buy stuff,” he said of his rationale on joining the American Shark Tank.
Push a button and Elmo cackles before asking what sounds unmistakably like, “Who wants to die?”
When they get to the ATM, they just push a button and a QR code comes up on the screen.
The thing is now we live in a society in which you can, at the click of a button, watch all the music you want to at the computer.
It started when Waddell Reed, a large mutual fund, hit a button to sell about $4.1 billion in stock futures contracts.
He aimed the knob at some rocks a few yards away and pressed the button.
At night when the room grows dark we push a button and there is light.
He will prolong your life and loosen every button on your waistcoat.
To indicate the effect, he included a galvanometer in the circuit of the battery and the button.
Why its Mr. button and Mr. Sanders, exclaimed Grant in surprise.
c.1300 (surname Botouner "button-maker" attested from mid-13c.), from Old French boton "a button," originally "a bud" (12c., Modern French bouton), from bouter, boter "to thrust," common Romanic (cf. Spanish boton, Italian bottone), ultimately from Germanic (see butt (v.)). Thus a button is, etymologically, something that pushes up, or thrusts out.
Meaning "point of the chin" is pugilistic slang, by 1921. A button as something you push to create an effect by closing an (electrical) circuit is attested from 1840s. Button-pusher as "deliberately annoying or provocative person" is attested by 1990 (in reference to Bill Gates, in "InfoWorld" magazine, Nov. 19). In the 1980s it meant "photographer."
late 14c., "to furnish with buttons;" early 15c., "to fasten with buttons" (of a garment,) from button (n.) or from Old French botoner (Modern French boutonner), from boton (n.). Related: Buttoned; buttoning. Button-down (adj.) in reference to shirt collars is from 1916.
button but·ton (bŭt'n)
A knob-like structure, device, or lesion.
7 (also button man or button player or button soldier) A low-ranking member of the Mafia; soldier (1960s+ Underworld)