Definition of buttonhook in English:

buttonhook

Line breaks: button|hook
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌt(ə)nhʊk
 
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noun

1A small hook with a long handle for fastening tight buttons (often formerly on buttoned boots).
More example sentences
  • A combination buttonhook and zipper puller having a tapered elongated portion can be inserted in buttonholes of different sizes to grasp buttons of different sizes for buttoning.
  • Victorian boots often had lots of loops and buttons to fasten, and this buttonhook helped with that.
  • Buttonhooks are sticks with a wire loop at the end, and they come in many styles and sizes.
2 American Football A play in which a pass receiver runs straight downfield and then doubles back sharply towards the line of scrimmage.
More example sentences
  • This helps make #2's buttonhook all the more effective.
  • For a buttonhook to be effective, the receiver must convince the defensive back covering him that he is going to continue his pattern downfield.

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