What does buttonhole mean?

buttonhole meaning in General Dictionary

to put up at key or buttonhole to detain in conversation to weariness to bore as he buttonholed me a quarter of one hour

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  • The hole or loop by which a button is caught
  • detain in conversation by or as though by securing towards the external garments of; in terms of governmental or financial favors
  • a hole whereby buttons are forced
  • the opening or cycle by which a button is caught.
  • to put on at key or buttonhole; to detain in conversation to weariness; to bore; because, he buttonholed myself a-quarter of an hour.

buttonhole meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) The opening or cycle which a button is caught.

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  • (v. t.) To put up at button or buttonhole; to detain in conversation to weariness; to bore; since, he buttonholed me 25 % of one hour.

Sentence Examples with the word buttonhole

He was clean-shaven and wore a Guardsman's padded coat with an Order of St. George at his buttonhole and a plain forage cap set straight on his head.

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