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As it pertains to a dress shirt, which is the correct usage or do these terms have different meanings?

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Do any of these references help? google.co.uk/…; –  Andrew Leach Nov 7 '12 at 16:24
    
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You button up a shirt and button down its collar if it comes with a button-down collar.

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+1 Button-down shirt is frequently misused to mean any shirt with buttons to close it in the front - coleopterist has it right here in that button-down is specifically shirts that have buttons on the points of the collar. –  Marcus_33 Nov 7 '12 at 16:34

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