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Definition of "buttonhook" []

  • A thin tapering hooked instrument formerly used for pulling buttons through the buttonholes of gloves, shoes, etc (noun)

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