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Unbutton   /ənbˈətən/   Listen

Undo the buttons of.

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"Unbutton" Quotes from Famous Books

... hair, right bang off. When I got up yesterday morning with so much work ahead of me, with so much to do and so little time to do it in, I started doing my hair. I also started thinking about that Frenchman who committed suicide after counting up the number of buttons he had to button and unbutton every morning and evening of every day of every year of his life. I tried to figure up the time I was wasting on that mop of mine. Then the Great ...
— The Prairie Wife • Arthur Stringer

... time what consternation there was throughout the city. When the proud and fond parents attempted to unbutton their children's dresses, in order to prepare them for bed, not a single costume would come off. The buttons buttoned again as fast as they were unbuttoned; even if they pulled out a pin, in it would slip again in a twinkling; and when a string was untied it ...
— The Children's Book of Christmas Stories • Various

... said between his clenched teeth, as they laid him down at the foot of a tree, "curse you! for keeping me in this agony. Help me off with these—duds. Unbutton it, quick! quick! I'm burning up, I tell you; and my hands are nearly as bad as my face. Oh! oh! you fiends! do you want to murder me outright? you're bringing all the skin with it!" he roared, writhing in unendurable torture, as they dragged off the disguise. "Oh ...
— Elsie's Motherhood • Martha Finley

... to unbutton and then to draw off one glove; he drew it half off and greedily pressed his lips to the slender, soft wrist, which was ...
— On the Eve • Ivan Turgenev

... sadly Polly laid aside her hat, and began to unbutton her dainty frock. Tears welled up in her eyes, at thoughts of Miss Lucy; but with a mighty effort ...
— Polly of the Hospital Staff • Emma C. Dowd

... pet! How hot he is!" she said commiseratingly. "Good gracious! You might at least unbutton your collar. My goodness, ...
— Knock, Knock, Knock and Other Stories • Ivan Turgenev

... "Look yer," he said, pointing to a paragraph he had evidently just read, "just you listen to this, and see if we ain't lucky, you and me, to be jest wot we air—trustin' to our own hard work—and not thinkin' o' 'strikes' and 'fortins.' Jest unbutton yer ears, Billy, while I reel off this yer thing I've jest struck in the paper, and see what d—d fools some men kin make o' themselves. And that theer reporter wot wrote it—must ...
— Stories in Light and Shadow • Bret Harte

... chair and seated himself. He glanced around at the house and then began slowly to unbutton ...
— The Lighted Way • E. Phillips Oppenheim

... Mickey promptly began to unbutton, and the others did the same. Then they made their way through the swamp tangle lining the shore at the head of the lake, and tried to reach the water beside the tamaracks. Sam and Junior found solid footing, and waded toward deep ...
— Michael O'Halloran • Gene Stratton-Porter

... horse with a cry of joy, and began to unbutton his doublet. "Quick, Aylward, quick!" he said. "He comes, a knight errant comes! Was there ever such a chance of worshipfully winning worship? Untruss the harness whilst I loose my clothes! Good sir, I beg you to warn your noble and valiant master that a poor Squire of England would ...
— Sir Nigel • Arthur Conan Doyle

Words linked to "Unbutton" :   undo, button

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