noun Date: 1870 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 scrimmagebuttonhook intransitive verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • buttonhook — [but′ nhook΄] n. a small hook for pulling buttons through buttonholes, as formerly in some shoes …   English World dictionary

  • buttonhook — /but n hook /, n. a small, usually metal hook for pulling buttons through buttonholes, as on gloves, dresses, breeches, etc. [1865 70; BUTTON + HOOK] * * * …   Universalium

  • buttonhook — noun a) A hook used to pull thread through the holes of a button b) A play in which the receiver runs straight downfield, then turns back toward the line of scrimmage …   Wiktionary

  • buttonhook — n. small metal hook used for buttoning gloves and shoes …   English contemporary dictionary

  • buttonhook — noun a small hook with a long handle for fastening tight buttons (often formerly on buttoned boots) …   English new terms dictionary

  • buttonhook — but•ton•hook [[t]ˈbʌt nˌhʊk[/t]] n. clo a small, usu. metal hook for pulling buttons through buttonholes, as on gloves • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • buttonhook — /ˈbʌtnhʊk/ (say butnhook) noun a small metal or other stiff hook used for buttoning shoes, gloves, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • buttonhook —   Huka pihi …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • buttonhook — n. a hook formerly used esp. for pulling the buttons on tight boots into place for fastening …   Useful english dictionary

  • Glossary of American football — The following terms are used in American football and Canadian football, but see also the glossary of Canadian football. Contents: 0–9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V …   Wikipedia

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