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Meaning of buttonhole

but•ton•hole

Pronunciation: (but'n-hōl"), [key]
— n., v., -holed, -hol•ing.
—n.
  1. the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
  2. a boutonniere.
  3. a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal.
—v.t.
  1. to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
  2. to make buttonholes in.
  3. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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