Chiefly British. a boutonniere.
Surgery. a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal.
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.
- but·ton·hol·er, noun
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How to use buttonhole in a sentence
The details are all business, including four-hole buttons that never loosened or stretched the buttonholes during months of daily wear and regular washing.
It was impossible to build a relationship at the bedside or buttonhole doctors on their rounds, the way they could have in non-pandemic times.
Dutifully and admiringly, she records what would easily go unnoticed — the stitching on a buttonhole, the irregularities of a shadow.World class: Remembering legendary travel writer Jan Morris | Liza Weisstuch | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Samuel P. Jacobs talks to Ken Mehlman about how he helped buttonhole and raise bucks for victory.
And there on the quay, with a flower in his buttonhole and a smile on his fat face, stood Mr. Ras Fendihook.Jaffery | William J. Locke
Cut the buttonhole slot, then punch a hole at the end with an ordinary belt punch.
In making the buttonhole stitch, keep the needle close against the metal edge of the guide, as shown.
It is almost impossible to make a perfect buttonhole in the ordinary manner by hand without a guide.
"You will find out by and by," said Uncle William, coming in with a red rose in his buttonhole.The Story of the Big Front Door | Mary Finley Leonard
British Dictionary definitions for buttonhole
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, etc: US name: boutonniere
to detain (a person) in conversation
to make buttonholes in
to sew with buttonhole stitch
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