- 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 buttonhole
He pulled it out of his buttonhole and tossed it into the fire-place.The Greater Inclination
Arthur had a fine rose in his buttonhole and looked profoundly thoughtful.Alice Adams
In his mouth was a cigarette, and in his buttonhole a pink carnation.A Spirit in Prison
Let him go with his flower in his buttonhole and dance somewhere else.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
He was very dapper in a new tailcoat and a flower in his buttonhole.Highacres
- 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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- 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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