- to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
- to make buttonholes in.
- to hold by the buttonhole or otherwise abruptly detain (someone) in conversation: The reporter tried to buttonhole the mayor for a statement on the bus strike.
Origin of buttonhole
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Examples from the Web for button-hole
The twentieth brought a button-hole, and over this the inquest was held.
Not an organ in its right place, and a camelia in his button-hole!The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
The Baron plucked one of them, and wore it in his button-hole on the return journey.The Eternal City
If you should work it perfectly horizontal, it is the same as button-hole stitch.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
One evening he appeared with a red flower in his button-hole.Within the Tides
- a slit in a garment, etc, through which a button is passed to fasten two surfaces together
- a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel or in the buttonhole, esp at weddings, formal dances, etcUS name: boutonniere
- to detain (a person) in conversation
- to make buttonholes in
- to sew with buttonhole stitch
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Word Origin and History for button-hole
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A short straight surgical cut made through the wall of a cavity or canal.
- The contraction of an orifice down to a narrow slit, as in mitral stenosis.
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