Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small hook for fastening a button on shoes or gloves.
  • n. Football A pass pattern in which the receiver runs straight downfield and then turns abruptly back toward the line of scrimmage to catch the ball.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hook used to pull thread through the holes of a button
  • n. A play in which the receiver runs straight downfield, then turns back toward the line of scrimmage

Etymologies

button +‎ hook (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As they reached the end of the line, they slowly filed past one or more PHS officers who, at a glance, surveyed them for a variety of serious and minor diseases and conditions, finally turning back their eyelids with their fingers or a buttonhook to check for trachoma.

    Your Huddled Masses Yearning to Breathe Free: Ellis Island | Edwardian Promenade

  • My sister's cousin did pass along that she met some of Cassie's relations who came by to pick up the nickel, buttonhook and Lucky Strikes.

    Cassie Fly

  • “There is that,” Sophie agreed, doing up the back of the dress with a clever little buttonhook.

    Clockwork Angel

  • He had always been intrigued by all types of locks and fasteners and hardware, practicing at home by opening the drawers, closets, and pantries of his house at will, using a small buttonhook.

    The Secret Life of Houdini

  • And it's going to make a big right hand turn, a big buttonhook, if you used to play sideline or flag football, and that is not going to affect anyone.

    CNN Transcript Aug 8, 2005

  • His eyes reconcentrated themselves quickly on the buttonhook, and as if in apology James hurried on:

    In Chancery

  • It was born as the most nimble, agile, fastest turning and burning aircraft ever made, the ultimate fighter airplane, famous for the buttonhook turn.

    Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

  • When it became clear he needed to brace one hand around her ankle in order to wield the buttonhook, he did so doggedly.

    The Lightkeeper

  • He started working again, the buttonhook moving steadily up the front of her shin while his other hand cradled the calf of her leg.

    The Lightkeeper

  • Feeling like Cinderella, Kady slipped her feet into ankle-high, cream-colored kidskin shoes that fit exactly, then used a buttonhook to fasten the little pearl buttons up the front.

    A GIFT OF LOVE

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