Button hook

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Button hook a hook for catching a button and drawing it through a buttonhole, as in buttoning boots and gloves.
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Usage

In literature:

We don't need a button-hook to button up our purse, but we've got gold.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
She knew every idiosyncrasy of the hooks and buttons of her well-worn afternoon frock.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
But I don't care a button-hook about poets, present company always excepted.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
Bring two garments cut out by herself; sew on hooks and eyes and buttons.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Pins are well made in America; so are hooks and eyes, and a variety of buttons.
"Household Papers and Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Other things to which they took a fancy were tobacco, cartridges, fish-hooks, matches, needles, and pearl buttons.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
They should be put on next to the pillow, securely fastened with tapes, snap hooks, or buttons, and covered with the regular pillow slip.
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
He is perhaps a traveller in the button or hook-and-eye line.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
More exclamations from Louise, who was hooking and buttoning and pulling and pushing like a fury.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
When we parted she said she would never forget us, and Oswald gave her his pocket button-hook and corkscrew combined for a keepsake.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
In less than two minutes, I had come across a rusty button-hook.
"The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame
Here's a fellow like a button-hook.
"An Unknown Lover" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Coats, dresses, skirts, or waists whose buttons or hooks and eyes are lacking.
"The American Country Girl" by Martha Foote Crow
As she dressed her fingers trembled so that buttons and hooks and laces were of terrible difficulty.
"The Duchess of Wrexe" by Hugh Walpole
A few coins were neatly stacked beside them, with a pearl-handled knife and button-hook lying farther away.
"The Reclaimers" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Why, sir, they beat us in everything from button-hook.
"From Squire to Squatter" by Gordon Stables
The custodian now announced that both shoes were dry; she put them on, buttoning them with an improvised button-hook made of a hair-pin.
"Dorothy and other Italian Stories" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
Lacing, buttoning, hooking, etc.
"The Montessori Method" by Maria Montessori
A girl can button her shoes much quicker and easier with a button-hook than with her fingers.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
He hooked the last button on his shirt, stuffed it into his pants, and headed for the kitchen.
"The Sex Life of the Gods" by Michael Knerr
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In poetry:

But he grew rabid-wroth, he did,
If they neglected books,
And dragged them to adjacent Cliffs
With beastly Button Hooks,
And there with fatuous glee he threw
Them down into the ocean blue.
"He Lived at Dingle Bank" by Edward Lear

In news:

They tell me that typewriters are almost obsolete, like buggy whips and button hooks, but I'm hanging in there with my old Smith-Corona regardless of the so-called conventional wisdom.
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