Buttonholing



the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
Chiefly British. a boutonniere.
Surgery. a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal.
to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
to make buttonholes in.
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.
Historical Examples

The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
Jacobean Embroidery Ada Wentworth Fitzwilliam and A. F. Morris Hands
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer
The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft Effie Archer Archer

noun
a slit in a garment, etc, through which a button is passed to fasten two surfaces together
a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel or in the buttonhole, esp at weddings, formal dances, etc US name boutonniere
verb (transitive)
to detain (a person) in conversation
to make buttonholes in
to sew with buttonhole stitch

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