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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.


(Tools) a thin tapering hooked instrument formerly used for pulling buttons through the buttonholes of gloves, shoes, etc


(ˈbʌt nˌhʊk)

a small, usu. metal hook for pulling buttons through buttonholes, as on gloves.


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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Noun1.buttonhook - a hook for pulling a button through a buttonhole
hook - a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something


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A hundred times in my boyhood days had I picked locks with a buttonhook.
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White Sox captain and catcher White presented them to him before the game, while Native American inmates gave a buttonhook to Packer pitcher Chief Johnson, a Nebraska Winnebago tribe member.
In the 1920s, this novel device might contain a couple of blades; a hook-shaped implement for cutting the bottle's seal; buttonhook and corkscrew.
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His wife suffered from severe arthritis, and manipulating a buttonhook to fasten her boots was an exercise in agony.
In 1914 at the age of four months he burned his face with quicklime and three months later caught a buttonhook on his tongue.