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phrasal verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybutton up
he/she/itbuttons up
present participlebuttoning up
past tensebuttoned up
past participlebuttoned up
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  1. 1
    same as button

    His jacket was buttoned up all the way to his neck.

  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to complete the final details of something

    Steve Jobs made sure everything was buttoned up before he passed away.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 11/09/2015
See also main entry: button

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