verb (used with object), but·ton·holed, but·ton·hol·ing.
- buttoned up,
- buttonhole someone,
- buttonhole stitch,
Origin of buttonhole
Examples from the Web for buttonholing
When the line is covered, turn the work so that the twill of the buttonholing touches the top of the stitches just made.
Sir George in a corner is buttonholing Frederic and saddening him with last accounts of the Scapegrace.April's Lady|Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Work a row of buttonholing about a quarter of an inch apart.
Hold the warp threads apart with finger of the left hand while buttonholing.
I have never had the courage to solve my uncertainties by buttonholing a Frenchman and asking him what is the truth of the matter.Leaves from a Field Note-Book|J. H. Morgan