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buttonhole

but·ton·hole

buttonhole

 
pronunciation:
buh tn hol
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a small slit in a garment through which a button can be fastened.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: buttonholed, buttonholes, buttonholing
definition 1: to sew with a stitch like that commonly used around a buttonhole.
definition 2: to stop and force one's conversation upon.
The lobbyist buttonholed the key senator to secure her support.
similar words:
accost
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derivation: buttonholer (n.)
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