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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
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(ˈbʌt nˌhʊk)

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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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. Could I but reach that little bit of polished steel I might yet effect at least a temporary escape.
As he stood there, gazing into the middle distance, an individual of dishevelled aspect sidled up, a vagrant of almost the maximum seediness, from whose midriff there protruded a trayful of a strange welter of collar-studs, shoe-laces, rubber rings, buttonhooks, and dying roosters.
I'm not really keen on buttonhooks. And I don't want to hurt your feelings, but I think that squeaking bird of yours is about the beastliest thing I ever met.
Mark Johnston's runners are always feared at Hamilton and the unexposed CHARLES KINGSLEY (2,35) is open to plenty of progress in the Buttonhook Handicap.
RARE GROOVE is fancied to top the charts in the Buttonhook Handicap (2.35) at Hamilton tomorrow.
RARE GROOVE (2.35) can waltz to victory for in-form Jedd O'Keeffe in the valuable Buttonhook Handicap.
Another variation is the folding buttonhook, made in both steel and silver and in varying sizes.
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We lived football, played touch football in the street ("buttonhook behind the Chevy," as Johnny wrote in one of his first letters to me), tackle football--even in the snow--in my backyard or on the grassy boulevard dividing Long Beach's main street ("you ran like you had a rocket up your tochis," Billy remembered in a letter).
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.