Sound of plucking a button

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Hoping you could help me with this one.
What is the name of the sound that is heard when you pluck several buttons from a shirt sequentially?
  • If a person is too fat, he is said to "pop his buttons".
    Exactly. For example, if the metal buttons on the uniform of this 19th-Century police matron were to give way in sequence, it would produce a sund like a machine gun:


    However, to "pluck" a button indicates a deliberate act -- and it is not the usual way to detach buttons from fabric, because the fabric could tear if the button were firmly sewn on.
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