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buttonholenoun [C]

uk   /ˈbʌt.ən.həʊl/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ən.hoʊl/
a ​hole that a ​button is ​pushed through to ​fasten a ​shirt, ​coat, etc. mainly UK a ​flower that a man ​wears in the buttonhole of, or ​fastened to, his ​jacket on a ​specialoccasion such as a ​wedding

buttonholeverb [T]

uk   /ˈbʌt.ən.həʊl/  us   /ˈbʌt̬.ən.hoʊl/
to ​stop someone and make them ​listen to you: Greg buttonholed me about ​salesfigures when I came out of the ​meeting.
(Definition of buttonhole from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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buttonholenoun [C]

 us   /ˈbʌt·ənˌhoʊl/
  • buttonhole noun [C] (HOLE FOR BUTTON)

a ​narrowhole that a ​button is ​pushed through to ​fasten a ​shirt, ​coat, etc.

buttonholeverb [T]

 us   /ˈbʌt·ənˌhoʊl/
  • buttonhole verb [T] (MAKE SOMEONE LISTEN)

to ​stop someone and make the ​personlisten to you: They took out ​newspaperads and buttonholed politicians to ​lobby for the ​change.
(Definition of buttonhole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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