I bet my buttons

Discussion in 'English Only' started by slonopotamus, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. slonopotamus New Member

    Russia, Irkutsk
    What is the buttons here?

    From 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins.
  2. WyomingSue Senior Member

    Cheyenne, WY
    It's just an old saying--no real buttons are involved. You can delete "my buttons" and the sentence means the same thing.
  3. pops91710

    pops91710 Senior Member

    Buttons refer to the buttons on clothing, such as coats, shirts, etc.
  4. mplsray Senior Member

    From Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (2005) by Jonathon Green:

  5. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    SW London
    British English
    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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