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but·ton·hole

 (bŭt′n-hōl′)
n.
1. A small slit in a garment or piece of fabric for fastening a button.
2. Chiefly British A boutonniere.
tr.v. but·ton·holed, but·ton·hol·ing, but·ton·holes
1. To make a buttonhole in.
2. To sew with a buttonhole stitch.
3. To accost and detain (a person) in conversation: "He was also frequently buttonholed by White House lobbyists" (Terence Moran).

[V., sense 3, probably alteration of button-hold.]

but′ton·hol′er n.
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buttonhole

(ˈbʌtənˌhəʊl)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a slit in a garment, etc, through which a button is passed to fasten two surfaces together
2. (Clothing & Fashion) 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
vb (tr)
3. to detain (a person) in conversation. Also called: buttonhold
4. (Clothing & Fashion) to make buttonholes in
5. (Knitting & Sewing) to sew with buttonhole stitch
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but•ton•hole

(ˈbʌt nˌhoʊl)

n., v. -holed, -hol•ing. n.
1. the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
v.t.
2. to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
3. to make buttonholes in.
4. to accost and detain (someone) in conversation.
[1555–65]
but′ton•hol`er, n.
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buttonhole


Past participle: buttonholed
Gerund: buttonholing

Imperative
buttonhole
buttonhole
Present
I buttonhole
you buttonhole
he/she/it buttonholes
we buttonhole
you buttonhole
they buttonhole
Preterite
I buttonholed
you buttonholed
he/she/it buttonholed
we buttonholed
you buttonholed
they buttonholed
Present Continuous
I am buttonholing
you are buttonholing
he/she/it is buttonholing
we are buttonholing
you are buttonholing
they are buttonholing
Present Perfect
I have buttonholed
you have buttonholed
he/she/it has buttonholed
we have buttonholed
you have buttonholed
they have buttonholed
Past Continuous
I was buttonholing
you were buttonholing
he/she/it was buttonholing
we were buttonholing
you were buttonholing
they were buttonholing
Past Perfect
I had buttonholed
you had buttonholed
he/she/it had buttonholed
we had buttonholed
you had buttonholed
they had buttonholed
Future
I will buttonhole
you will buttonhole
he/she/it will buttonhole
we will buttonhole
you will buttonhole
they will buttonhole
Future Perfect
I will have buttonholed
you will have buttonholed
he/she/it will have buttonholed
we will have buttonholed
you will have buttonholed
they will have buttonholed
Future Continuous
I will be buttonholing
you will be buttonholing
he/she/it will be buttonholing
we will be buttonholing
you will be buttonholing
they will be buttonholing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buttonholing
you have been buttonholing
he/she/it has been buttonholing
we have been buttonholing
you have been buttonholing
they have been buttonholing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buttonholing
you will have been buttonholing
he/she/it will have been buttonholing
we will have been buttonholing
you will have been buttonholing
they will have been buttonholing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buttonholing
you had been buttonholing
he/she/it had been buttonholing
we had been buttonholing
you had been buttonholing
they had been buttonholing
Conditional
I would buttonhole
you would buttonhole
he/she/it would buttonhole
we would buttonhole
you would buttonhole
they would buttonhole
Past Conditional
I would have buttonholed
you would have buttonholed
he/she/it would have buttonholed
we would have buttonholed
you would have buttonholed
they would have buttonholed
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buttonhole - a hole through which buttons are pushed
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
Verb1.buttonhole - detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
solicit, beg, tap - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
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buttonhole

verb detain, catch, grab, intercept, accost, waylay, take aside It is not easy to buttonhole her for an interview.
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Translations
عُروهيَمْسِكُ بِ، يوقِفُ للتَّحَدُّثِ إلى
knoflíková dírkazastavit a zdržovat řečí
hage sig fast iknaphul
gomblyuk
hnappagatnegla, tefja meî masi
gombíková dierka
düğme deliğiiliklâfa tutmaktıraşa tutmak

buttonhole

[ˈbʌtnhəʊl]
A. N
1. [of garment] → ojal m
2. (Brit) (= flower) flor que se lleva en el ojal
B. VT (fig) → enganchar
I was buttonholed by BrianBrian me enganchó y no me dejaba irme
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

buttonhole

[ˈbʌtənhəʊl]
nboutonnière f
vt [+ person] → accrocherbutton lift ntéléski m à perchebutton mushroom n(petit) champignon m de Paris
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

buttonhole

[ˈbʌtnˌhəʊl]
1. nasola, occhiello
to wear a buttonhole → portare un fiore all'occhiello
2. vt (person) → attaccar bottone a or con
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

button

(ˈbatn) noun
1. a knob or disc used as a fastening. I lost a button off my coat.
2. a small knob pressed to operate something. This button turns the radio on.
verb
(often with up) to fasten by means of buttons.
ˈbuttonhole noun
the hole or slit into which a button is put.
verb
to catch someone's attention and hold him in conversation. He buttonholed me and began telling me the story of his life.
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References in classic literature ?
The Prince was buttonholed by some friends and led away.
Lykins against an iron fence, buttonholed him, fastened him with his eye, like the Ancient Mariner, and proceeded to unfold his narrative as placidly and peacefully as if we were all stretched comfortably in a blossomy summer meadow instead of being persecuted by a wintry midnight tempest:
He started the holiday with a trip to a country park where he was buttonholed by a woman who moaned to him about local bus services - only to be told by Mr Brown to contact her local MP.