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unbutton

[uhn-buht-n] /ʌnˈbʌt n/
verb (used with object)
1.
to free (buttons) from buttonholes; unfasten or undo.
2.
to unfasten by or as if by unbuttoning:
to unbutton a jacket.
3.
to disclose (one's feelings, thoughts, etc.) after deliberate or prolonged silence.
verb (used without object)
4.
to unfasten a button or one's buttons.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English unbotenen. See un-2, button
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Examples from the web for unbutton
  • And wear a shirt underneath that is presentable in case it gets beastly hot and you want to unbutton your jacket.
  • Then in meetings, you absentmindedly button and unbutton them.
  • They also felt enough confidence to unbutton and reproduce.
  • Some moms use pullover tops, shirts that can unbutton from the bottom, or blankets that cover them.
  • He did not try to do anything else, and did not really touch her anywhere, except that he tried to unbutton her pants.
  • She noted that he did not attempt to unbutton or take off her pants.
  • Furthermore, he began to unbutton her shirt and pulldown her undershirt.
British Dictionary definitions for unbutton

unbutton

/ʌnˈbʌtən/
verb
1.
to undo by unfastening (the buttons) of (a garment)
2.
(informal) to release or relax (oneself, tension, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unbutton
v.

early 14c., from un- (2) "opposite of" + button (v.). Related: Unbuttoned; unbuttoning.

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