- 1(Of a person or animal) hit (someone or something) with the head or horns: she butted him in the chest with her headMore example sentences
- Then the gazelle butted my face with pointed horns.
- The goat butted him over; Guidry's rowan garland tumbled loose.
- Bastard butted me in the leg while I was escaping.
- 1.1Strike (the head) against something: he butts his head against a wallMore example sentences
- The hotel manager come up to yell at him, but was just freaked out by this long-haired dirt butting a little 15-year-old's head into the wall.
- A goat is butting its horns against the crooked door.
- The mare gently butted her nose against the extended palm, wuffling softly.
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- A push or blow, typically given with the head: he would follow up with a butt from his headMore example sentences
- The characters can fight hand to hand using punches, kicks, nudges, butts, combos…
- The least serious are the routine shoves and butts that seem to accompany almost every NFL play.
- There were a couple of butts, but none of the dirty tactics both pugilists have used in some past fights.
- North American • informal Engage in conflict or be in strong disagreement: the residents continue to butt heads with the mall developersMore example sentences
- The elected president of her campus Hillel, she tried to pull together a balanced panel discussion on the conflict, but soon butted heads with her supervisor at the local Jewish Community Center.
- And it's very intense, and it's good to have somebody really strong to butt heads against.
- But though they are a team publicly, they continue to butt heads privately over ideas, people, and the nature of the future, in a relationship that is both a rare love affair and intellectual warfare.
- Take part in a conversation or activity, or enter somewhere, without being invited or expected: sorry to butt in on youMore example sentences
- At the tail end of this conversation colleague number two butts in uninvited, with a little gem aimed in my direction.
- Suddenly, Dave Hill - who was sitting in on the conversation - butted in and offered his opinion.
- Don't butt in on a conversation your girlfriend is having with a cute boy!
- North American • informal Stop interfering: anyone who tries to cut across our policies should butt outMore example sentences
- Both should butt out, stop blocking the view and start letting their top players get on with the game.
- Far more than wanting smokers to stub their fags out, I want the illiberal liberals now running health policy to butt out of people's personal habits.
- On the other hand, I recall a caller asking Dr. Laura what to do about the fact that she found out that her kid's teachers was gay, and Dr. Laura replied that it was none of her business, to butt out.
Middle English: from Old French boter, of Germanic origin.
- 1The person or thing at which criticism or humor, typically unkind, is directed: his singing is the butt of dozens of jokesMore example sentences
- Journalists then, are set to become the butt of criticism and jokes, even as they sally forth to the frontlines.
- So sad for all of you, Mr. Mills and constituents, but all Ralph's jokes must have butts, and this time - it's you.
- But in their defence, the butts of their jokes are generally treated more with affection than ridicule.
- 1.1 (usually butts) An archery or shooting target or range.More example sentences
- They are also agreed that the last great years of grouse shooting were in the late 1980s, when the birds made the August skies black as they thundered high over the shooting butts.
- Saboteurs plan to either occupy the shooting butts and force shooters to pack up, or ‘beat’ the birds away from the guns.
- 4. shooting at a blank target butt at a short distance with eyes shut
- 1.2A mound on or in front of which a target is set up for archery or shooting.More example sentences
- Everyone must return to the shooting line and the range checked to make sure no-one is behind the target butts or in the safety zone before the signal to commence shooting is given.
- In the ancestor of Olympic target archery, bowmen aimed at targets mounted on earthen butts at ranges of 100 to 140 yards.
- Outdoor and sometimes indoor ranges have earth or sand butts.
Middle English (in the archery sense): from Old French but, of unknown origin; perhaps influenced by French butte 'rising ground'.
- 1 (also butt end) The thicker end, especially of a tool or a weapon: a rifle butt
- 1.1The square end of a plank or plate meeting the end or side of another, as in the side of a ship.More example sentences
- Use a butt marker to score the hinge location on the door and jamb.
- Install with alternate overlaps and with two nails on each side 6 to 7 inches above the butt edge.
- It was a Polyethylene butt fusion joint linking two sections of medium pressure pipe.
- 1.2The thicker or hinder end of a hide used for leather.More example sentences
- My heart goes out especially to the leathermen, who sadly refasten the butts on their buttless chaps.
- A butt is roughly 4½ ft by 4½ft and is ideal for sturdy straps.
- Cut down the back bone from neck to butt.
- 2 (also butt end) The stub of a cigar or a cigarette: the ashtray was crammed with cigarette buttsMore example sentences
- If I give them a bag of nickels and an ashtray full of cigarette butts, will they tell me my future?
- The driver flicked his cigarette butt toward an ashtray and missed.
- I was now grinding the cigarette butt into an ash tray on the coffee table.
- 3 • informal , chiefly North American The buttocks or anus.More example sentences
- Sitting on our butts watching television can be dangerous.
- But not all students participate in these optional programs; the great majority of us sit on our butts.
- Finally I walked over there and nudged his butt with the toe of my boot, and he jumped up.
- 4The trunk of a tree, especially the part just above the ground.More example sentences
- Pick the tree up and tap the butt on the ground a few times, notice how many needles fall off the tree.
- And he's designed a special grapple to lift log butts off the ground to snake them out instead of tearing up the forest floor by dragging them.
- He finds that trees with a butt diameter of about 12 inches are ideal for top production.
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- 1Adjoin or meet end to end: the church butted up against the row of houses a garden that butted up to the neighbor’sMore example sentences
- Mr. Johnston discovered as well that the inner block wall simply butted up to the vertical column and did not engage the column flange.
- I wanted to put the unit into my lowest drive bay, but couldn't since in my case it butted up against one of the capacitors on the motherboard.
- I veered right, where the backs of a few stores butted up against our subdivision.
- 1.1 [with object] Join (pieces of stone, lumber, and other building materials) with the ends or sides flat against each other: the floorboards will be butted up against each other to make tight seamsMore example sentences
- The halves are then placed over the row and are butted up against each other.
- The lenses could be butted up against each other.
- That ought not to have happened as slabs should not butt each other.
- 1A cask, typically used for wine, ale, or water.More example sentences
- George's treacherous intriguing persisted until in 1478 Edward sent him to the Tower where, according to tradition, he was drowned in a butt of malmsey wine.
- We should all be thinking about collecting more water in butts and larger tanks during the wetter winters to come, and the building of ponds and other water-design features.
- The Sheriff of Nottingham proclaimed a shooting match and offered a prize of a butt of ale to whosoever should shoot the best shaft in Nottinghamshire.
- 1.1US A liquid measure equal to 2 hogsheads (equivalent to 126 US gallons).More example sentences
- The pension was originally stipulated at £100 and a butt of sack (108 gallons of sweet wine) yearly.
- They are marked with a "C" and a balance, and were sold at $120 a butt of 110 imperial gallons.
- When imperial measure was introduced in 1825, the gallon and thus the butt were redefined.
late Middle English: from Old French bot, from late Latin buttis.