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1‘she butted him in the chest’
ram, headbutt, bunt
bump, buffet, push, thrust, shove, prod, knock
Northern English tup
1‘she had just been made the butt of a joke’
target, victim, object, subject, recipient, laughing stock, Aunt Sally
1‘the butt of a gun’
stock, shaft, shank, end, handle, hilt, haft, grip, helve
2‘a cigarette butt’
stub, end, tail end, stump, remnant, remains, remainder
informal fag end, dog end
3‘he was just sitting on his butt doing nothing’
1‘the shop butted up against the row of houses’
adjoin, abut, butt up to, be next to, be adjacent to, border, border on, neighbour, verge on, bound on, be contiguous with, be connected to, communicate with, link up with, extend as far as, extend to
join, conjoin, connect to, connect with, touch, meet
be separate from
1‘a butt of brandy’
‘he butted in on our conversation’
interrupt, break in, cut in, chime in, interject, interpose, intervene
interfere, interfere with, put one's oar in
poke one's nose in, poke one's nose into
keep out, keep out of
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