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(of a dress or skirt) fastened with buttons from top to hem


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  • Buttondown

    (of a shirt collar) having buttonholes so it can be buttoned to the body of the shirt. (of a shirt) having a button-down collar. (especially of attitudes, opinions, etc.) extremely conventional; unimaginative. adjective (of a collar) having points that are fastened to the garment with buttons (of a shirt) having a button-down collar Also buttoned-down. […]

  • Buttoned-up

    carefully planned, operated, supervised, etc.: one of the most buttoned-up companies in the business. conservative, as in professional style or manner: Employers are looking for buttoned-up types. Contemporary Examples Little Gimmicks Fund Big Exhibits W.M. Akers September 21, 2010 Why Obama’s Campaign Bores Me Peter Beinart April 4, 2011 Tom Hiddleston On His Rocker-Vampire in […]

  • Buttonhole-someone

    Accost or detain a person in conversation. For example, The reporter tried to buttonhole the senator, but she got away. This term is a metaphor for literally grasping someone by a buttonhole on his or her clothing. [ Mid-1800s ]

  • Buttonhole-stitch

    a looped stitch used to strengthen the edge of material and keep it from raveling, as around a buttonhole. Historical Examples Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day A Treatise on Domestic Economy Catherine Esther Beecher Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day Art in […]

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