- 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 buttonholing
Remember that the wider the buttonholing the more padding will be necessary.
Work a row of buttonholing about a quarter of an inch apart.
Loops are made by buttonholing very closely over several foundation threads, making the purl on the outside edge.Textiles and Clothing
Kate Heintz Watson
In all this piece of work there is to be noted a great deal of buttonholing and darning.Jacobean Embroidery
Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
Buttonholing him with his hook, Cap'en Tommy opened his little plot.
- 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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