button up

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button up (third-person singular simple present buttons up, present participle buttoning up, simple past and past participle buttoned up)

  1. (transitive) To fasten with a button or buttons.
    Button up your shirt cuff. It has come undone
  2. (intransitive) To fasten all the buttons on a coat, or similar item of clothing, to keep warm.
    Button up well. It's freezing outside today.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The object in 1 can come before or after the particle. If it is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.