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1. A small hook for fastening a button on shoes or gloves.
2. Football A pass pattern in which the receiver runs straight downfield and then turns abruptly back toward the line of scrimmage to catch the ball.
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(Tools) a thin tapering hooked instrument formerly used for pulling buttons through the buttonholes of gloves, shoes, etc
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
a small, usu. metal hook for pulling buttons through buttonholes, as on gloves.
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A small diameter metal rod a few inches long with a handle on one end and a hook on the other end. The main use of the buttonhook was to help in fastening shoe buttons. The rod with the hook on the end could be stuck through a buttonhole, hooked around the appropriate button, and used to pull the button through the hole.
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