Buttonhole meaning

bŭtn-hōl
To accost and detain (a person) in conversation.
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A small slit in a garment or piece of fabric for fastening a button.
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(chiefly british) A boutonniere.
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To make a buttonhole in.
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To sew with a buttonhole stitch.
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A slit or loop through which a button can be fastened.
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To make buttonholes in.
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To make with a buttonhole stitch.
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To make (a person) listen to one, as if by grasping his or her coat by a buttonhole.
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A hole through which a button is pushed to secure a garment or some part of one.
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(chiefly UK) A flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration.
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To detain (a person) in conversation against their will.
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Origin of buttonhole

  • V., sense 3, probably alteration of button-hold

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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

    From Wiktionary