Buttonholing

buttonhole

[buht-n-hohl]
noun
1.
the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
2.
Chiefly British. a boutonniere.
3.
Surgery. a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal.
verb (used with object), buttonholed, buttonholing.
4.
to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
5.
to make buttonholes in.
6.
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:
1555–65; button + hole

buttonholer, noun
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buttonhole (ˈbʌtənˌhəʊl)
 
n
1.  a slit in a garment, etc, through which a button is passed to fasten two surfaces together
2.  US name: boutonniere a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel or in the buttonhole, esp at weddings, formal dances, etc
 
vb
3.  to detain (a person) in conversation
4.  to make buttonholes in
5.  to sew with buttonhole stitch

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buttonhole
1560s, from button + hole. The verb meaning "to detain (someone) in conversation against his will" (1862) was earlier button-hold (1834), from button-holder (1806, in this sense). The image is of holding someone by the coat-button so as to detain him.
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buttonhole but·ton·hole (bŭt'n-hōl')
n.

  1. A short straight surgical cut made through the wall of a cavity or canal.

  2. The contraction of an orifice down to a narrow slit, as in mitral stenosis.

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