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buttonhook

[buht-n-hoo k] /ˈbʌt nˌhʊk/
noun
1.
a small, usually metal hook for pulling buttons through buttonholes, as on gloves, dresses, breeches, etc.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; button + hook
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British Dictionary definitions for buttonhook

buttonhook

/ˈbʌtənˌhʊk/
noun
1.
a thin tapering hooked instrument formerly used for pulling buttons through the buttonholes of gloves, shoes, etc
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Slang definitions & phrases for buttonhook

buttonhook

noun

A maneuver in which a pass receiver runs downfield and then suddenly spins and runs back toward the line of scrimmage

[1970s+ Football; fr the resemblance of the path to a hook used for pulling buttons through the buttonholes of a pair of shoes]


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