from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To unfasten the buttons of.
- transitive v. To free or remove (a button) from a buttonhole.
- transitive v. To open as if by unbuttoning: unbutton the hatches.
- intransitive v. To undo buttons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To unfasten buttons
- v. To open something by undoing its buttons
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To loose the buttons of; to unfasten.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To unfasten or open, as a garment, by separating the buttons and the buttonholes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. undo the buttons of
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The last straw for me came when I was ushered into a plexiglas cell in full view of the terminal, given an intimate frisk, then told to unbutton the pants, and had the guard stick his hand right down to the genitals.
In the last couple of years, even before the underwear bomber, the searches have always involved a demand that I unbutton my pants.
Wear them to work, or roll up the sleeves, unbutton a few buttons and party down.
I was often invited to events or pool parties where I opted not to go because I felt too embarrassed to even unbutton my shirt.
Every time I button and unbutton the front pocket for no reason, I think of that woman with the ectopic pregnancy scare, and forgive her for the male pattern baldness she may have advanced on my scalp.
Dr. Casanova needs only to unbutton a few more to look completely trustworthy and credible.
She moved her hand to her bodice and began to unbutton her fabulously unstylish Mary Astor-style dress.
Mr. Perry was approximately 15 feet away when Mr. Flanagan ordered Ms. Allen, then 14 years old, to lift her bra and unbutton her pants as he searched her for marijuana, according to a police investigation of the incident and a transcript of Mr. Flanagan's guilty plea.
They saw him lead her over behind the garden house in the far corner of the park and they saw him bend down, stroke her hair, unbutton her coat, untie her shoelaces.
You discover that you can unbutton the entire front of your white, gauze shirt by pulling at the hem on the buttonhole side.