buttonhole definition

  • noun:
    • a tiny slit in a garment or little bit of material for attaching a button.
    • Chiefly British A boutonniere.
    • A hole through which a button is pressed to secure a garment or some section of one.
    • a flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration
    • the opening or cycle which a button is caught.
    • The hole or loop where a button is caught.
    • A name provided to the hart's tongue fern, Scolopendrium vulgare, because its fructification into the young state resembles a buttonhole in form and appearance.
    • In surgery, any small straight incision into a cavity or canal. See boutonnière, 2.
    • A buttonhole bouquet.
    • a hole whereby buttons tend to be forced
    • a hole by which buttons are pushed
  • verb-transitive:
    • which will make a buttonhole in.
    • To sew with a buttonhole stitch.
    • To accost and detain (one) in conversation by or as though by grasping the individuals outer garments: "He was also frequently buttonholed by White home lobbyists . . . who appeared to be permanently assigned to shadow the burly Democrat” ( Terence Moran).
    • to put on on button or buttonhole; to detain in discussion to weariness; to bore.
  • verb:
    • To detain (you) in conversation against their particular might.
    • detain in discussion by or like by holding on into the exterior garments of; for political or economic favors
  • others:
    • To seize by the buttonhole or switch and detain in discussion; interview.
    • which will make buttonholes in.
    • To sow with the stitch used in making buttonholes: found in sewing, lacework, and embroidery.

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