- 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
Related Words for buttonholepot, wreath, garland, vase, urge, sue, force, worry, demand, push, assail, squeeze, petition, harass, hound, plague, pester, beleaguer, confront, annoy
Examples from the Web for buttonhole
Historical Examples of 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
- 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.