unbutton


unbutton

verb (used with object)

  1. to free (buttons) from buttonholes; unfasten or undo.
  2. to unfasten by or as if by unbuttoning: to unbutton a jacket.
  3. to disclose (one’s feelings, thoughts, etc.) after deliberate or prolonged silence.

verb (used without object)

  1. to unfasten a button or one’s buttons.

verb

  1. to undo by unfastening (the buttons) of (a garment)
  2. informal to release or relax (oneself, tension, etc)

v.early 14c., from un- (2) “opposite of” + button (v.). Related: Unbuttoned; unbuttoning.

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