Discussion in 'English Only' started by slonopotamus, Dec 29, 2010.
What is the buttons here?
From 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins.
It's just an old saying--no real buttons are involved. You can delete "my buttons" and the sentence means the same thing.
Buttons refer to the buttons on clothing, such as coats, shirts, etc.
From Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (2005) by Jonathon Green:
Buttons (and buckles on shoes) used to be removable so they could be used on other garments, a bit like cufflinks these days. If they were made of silver they would be very valuable indeed.
Even these days, really smart buttons are relatively expensive.
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