but·​ton·​hook | \ ˈbə-tᵊn-ˌhu̇k How to pronounce buttonhook (audio) \

Definition of buttonhook

1 : a hook for drawing small buttons through buttonholes
2 : an offensive play in football in which the pass receiver runs straight downfield and then abruptly cuts back toward the line of scrimmage

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Other Words from buttonhook

buttonhook intransitive verb

Examples of buttonhook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The approach establishes the stakes: No access to legal abortions for a long time meant death for many women, who resorted to poking corset ribs, buttonhooks, hairpins and knitting needles through the cervix to disrupt unwanted pregnancies. Elizabeth Rusch, New York Times, "How Do You Explain the History of Reproductive Rights to Teenagers?," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of buttonhook

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of buttonhook was in 1788

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“Buttonhook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttonhook. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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