(chiefly UK) A flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration.
- button hole
To detain (a person) in conversation against their will.
Origin of Buttonhole
Originally buttonhold (a loop of string to hold a button down), but changed by folk etymology by influence of hole; see the Wikipedia article on folk etymology
V., sense 3, probably alteration of button-hold
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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